please reassure me they aren't going to kill themselves. . .

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cholmberg, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. cholmberg

    cholmberg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    Lewisburg, wv
    I've seen chicks on shavings lots of times, nearly all the times that they
    were not on wire. . .I had them on paper towels the first few days but I
    put shavings down today, and while they seem happier than pigs in mud,
    I am scared they are going to eat that stuff and either get an impacted
    crop or kill themselves. . .I put out a little bowl of grit, cockatiel size which
    is a bit bigger than sand. I doing right?? THey seem to love it, but
    they are worrying me with just how much they seem to be enjoying it.

    My loss count is now four. one DOA, one EE a few hours after arrival,
    and two buff orpingtons one overnight and one today. . .and another buff
    not looking too chipper. =( They've got probiotic water, other water,
    plenty of starter and a nice warm spot if they want it.

    am I doing right? Can I do anything else? I hate losing any of them, I
    know it's a sad reality, but I hate it. I was holding the little buff that died
    today when she passed. =(
  2. TheChips

    TheChips Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2013
    My chicks have had shavings their entire life (currently 4-5 months now) Since day one when I brought them home we have been using shavings. The only concern is making sure its not pine, I believe theyre allergic to that. Just making sure the area is clean, water and food is free of feces.

    As far as your other concerns, I hope someone can have some useful information for you :)
  3. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    My chicks start on shaving after they come out of the bater. I believe the shaving I buy at the feed store are pine. It is cedar that can cause problems as I understand.

    Just watch your temeratures and make sure they have clean water and crumbles. The shavings should not affect them.
  4. TheChips

    TheChips Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2013
  5. cholmberg

    cholmberg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    Lewisburg, wv
    Thank you.
  6. Sarevan

    Sarevan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2013
    White Swan, WA
    CEDAR shavings are the ones that are dangerous to chicks. The oils and all the dust overwhelms them. The oil in the chips heats up under a lamp and releases the scent into the air, gets on them and acts like it is suffocating them. I made this mistake for 3 days with my chicks last year until I found out here in forums how bad it was, I switched over to pine shavings.I wanted the cedar aroma, I didn't know that it could kill them! So thankful for this forum and the knowledge it contains.
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    The cockatiel grit won't harm them in the short term, but it may have extra calcium in it, which your chicks shouldn't be getting. You might want to pick up some chick grit the next time you are out. IMO, grit is an over looked element to chick care. I know they say that chicks don't need it if all they get is the chick starter... but, in a natural environment, Mama would see to it that they have grit, and soil, and fresh greens shortly after hatching. Do your own research here, and choose what makes you most comfortable. Enjoy your babies. Pics would be appreciated by all, when you are able!
  8. UrbanFarming

    UrbanFarming Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2013
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Use pine, not cedar!
  9. cholmberg

    cholmberg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    Lewisburg, wv
    it's kiln dried pine. . . I wasn't worried about the shavings themselves. . but they
    were -eating- it. . .the smaller bits. and playing 'keep away' with bigger shavings.
    So far that behavior seems to have stopped. . .and they do seem to love them.
    but there's a few that persistently are digging in a corner (cardboard under the
    shavings) and I haven't got a clue why they are doing it. They aren't harming the
    cardboard.. . just scrabbling around in the corner. I have short video of them. .
    but it's not on youtube, it's on my fb. . .I don't know if the link will work.

  10. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    Quote:ALL Chickens love to scratch, they are born that way! Sounds to me like you are doing just fine.

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