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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gavinandallison, Jan 28, 2011.
Is it too early to put chicks on pine shavings at one week?
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.
Nope. Mine go on the shavings, NOT SAW DUST TYPE, immediately.
Many thanks, was just a little concerned at the way they are pecking at it!! Or is it because it is new??????
Mine peck at anything new that is put in the Brooder. Including People and bedding.
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.
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?
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).
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