Pine Shavings in the brooder?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jennmugg, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. jennmugg

    jennmugg Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry if this is the wrong section for the question...

    I bought pine shavings last night for the brooder box that we keep in our spare room. Is this ok for us and the chicks? I don't want any of us to get sick.
     
  2. Bluemoon420

    Bluemoon420 The Rooster Queen

    Pine shavings are good to use. It's cedar shavings that can make chicks sick. Don't use cedar.

    Bluemoon
     
  3. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    I would not use the shavings for at least a week or they may think it food. I had mine on paper towel for the first day and then switched to a puppy pee pad. I love those pads. Easy to change, traps moisture, and chicks won't slip. I used wood shavings after their first week. I stopped using puppy pads under the shavings at 2 weeks when the chicks started to scratch and tear up the cotton.

    Here is a discussion about pine shavings and possible effects on humans. See #14
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=163331&p=2

    Be sure your brooder has good ventilation. Also be sure the room the brooder is in has good ventilation.

    Enjoy your chicks! [​IMG]
     
  4. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put newspaper down on top of the shavings,sprinkle their feed on the paper, after 2 days roll up the paper and your good to go.
    Will
     
  5. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Quote:Never use newspaper with day old chicks. It can cause spraddle leg. I alway's use papertowels or old shirts the first week and then switch to pineshavings.
     
  6. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    My Dh bought some pine shavings for my brooder, but they were really more like sawdust! [​IMG] I didn't use them because that can get impacted in their crop. We went back and got Aspen, because they were the larger shavings. Mine are all doing fine. Of course, once in a while they're going to try a bite, but these shavings are way too large for them to eat, so they immediately spit them out.

    Shelly
     
  7. DukeDawg528

    DukeDawg528 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shavings is all I use and I've never had any problems...
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    You can use paper towels on top of the shavings for the first few days or week, it is not slippery like newspaper but works the same otherwise.

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  9. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    And be sure to raise your waterer on bricks or something- those little fellers sure make a mess! [​IMG]
     

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