Pine shavings.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gavinandallison, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    Is it too early to put chicks on pine shavings at one week?
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    No, my shipped chicks where on it from when the arrived (2 days old) and my incubator babies were on paper towels for a few days (2-3) and then pine shavings.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Nope. Mine go on the shavings, NOT SAW DUST TYPE, immediately.


  4. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    Many thanks, was just a little concerned at the way they are pecking at it!! Or is it because it is new??????
  5. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2010
    PDX area
    Mine peck at anything new that is put in the Brooder. Including People and bedding. [​IMG]
  6. axion_lotus

    axion_lotus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    Central NC
    It's good that your chicks are curious! It means that they're a bunch of clever little ones who might grow up to be a handful someday. [​IMG]
  7. scoopy82

    scoopy82 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2010
    Victoria - Australia!
    Pardon my cluelessness - my chicks are 1 week old too and even though its expensive I have found managing them with paper towel quite easy - but why is sawdust no good?
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    They WILL eat sawdust and it's not good for them. It can impact their crops. Pine shavings are better, the chicks may investigate and eat small bits, but most of the time the shavings are too large. The shavings also provide a better environment for their growing motor abilities, plus it's absorbent without going moldy too quickly (as sawdust can when it gets wet).
  9. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    Quote:More like they will take over the world.....

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