Pine Bedding vs Newspaper

Discussion in 'Quail' started by LostinQuailLand, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. LostinQuailLand

    LostinQuailLand Out Of The Brooder

    Hello Everyone!

    I have a "five step" program going on with my quail and would like to have some input from Bobwhite Fans and Foes.

    Steps:

    1. Eggs in Hova Bator
    2. Eggs in Incubator
    3. Chicks in Brooder in my spare bedroom. Brooders consist of plastic bins or tubs with tops inverted and wire mess. I use paper towels on the floor during this step.
    4. Once feathers begin I move them to pens in my garage. These pens are made of plywood 3/4 inch and wire. The ones that were made first, before I realized that wire floors were oh so much better, have plywood floors. In these I use newspaper and change this twice a day. Its not so bad.
    5. Outside pen for those I keep, freedom for those I don't.

    I noticed a number of people saying that they use pine shavings on the floors of some of their pens. Ive also seen this in photos. First, I thought pine was not good for animals but I could be mistaken. Second, IS pine BETTER than newspaper?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Aspen bedding is the way to go. I like pine rather than newspaper to prevent spayed leg. I use aspen bedding mixed with a small amount of corn-cob bedding.
     
  3. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    After about 72 hours, coturnix chicks can stand on most surfaces. It's just a matter of what you want to smell.... Quail poo on pine, quail poo on aspen, quail poo on newspaper, etc.
     
  4. FloridaDoulaMama

    FloridaDoulaMama Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm letting my chicks hang in the incubator for a bit to dry off, then will move them to peat moss, b/c I have a lot of it for gardening... not sure on how it'll work, but we'll see [​IMG]
     
  5. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    That seems like a good idea. I have some little peepers trying to bust out of the bator right now.
     
  6. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:EXACTLY... NEWSPAPER IS FREE SO THERE'S A BONUS! [​IMG]
     
  7. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Newspaper is only free if I abscond with it from the free shopper displays around here.

    Ahem. Oh, wait, there is a limit of one per "customer?" Ah, well, okay, let's see. I'm a customer. My son is a customer. My dog is a customer, my cats are three customers, my birds are...

    Oh, one per Household? Ah, darnit...

    (never mind what I use to start my fireplace...)
     
  8. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Lemme Re-phrase That... Old News Paper Is Free [​IMG]
     
  9. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Oh, I knew what you meant. I don't get a news subscription, though. In fact, most folks I know subscribe online or read online now. I think I only know a couple of people who get the newspaper anymore.

    I abscond with 3-4 of the shoppers every time I see a stand, though. [​IMG] I need em for the coupons. Oh, wait. They don't HAVE coupons most of the time. Sometimes they do, so that's my story and I'm sticking to it...[​IMG]
     
  10. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Make Friends With Old People-- They Dont Like Computers [​IMG]
     

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