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Putting leaves in brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by callen0912, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. callen0912

    callen0912 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2015
    I'm curious about bedding for my chicks. I remember reading somewhere that some people will put leaves in their hens nest boxes, and I was wondering if it's ok to put a pile of leaves in the brooder for them to curl up in? Or should I hold off?
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 7, 2012
    How old are they? Are they eating well? The only concern I might have is that they might kick some of those leaves up onto the heat lamp. If that doesn't seem to be a concern, and they are eating well, I'd go for it. Just remember that leaves aren't as absorbent as shavings. I'ts important to keep that bedding dry.
  3. callen0912

    callen0912 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2015
    They are 2 days today. I still have paper towels over my shavings. And yes, they are eating and drinking beautifully. If it's more recommended it's no big deal, i just thought if it was something they would enjoy I would do it. Leaves are free anyway!
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I've used leaves in my brooders and coops on several occasions (broke times, free bedding, what can I say?). The leaves seemed to do a better job in the brooder if I crumbled them first. Otherwise, poo would cake to them in the places they hang out the most (under the heat lamp and near the feeder and waterer). In the coop it didn't really matter, the bigger birds would shred them in no time flat. A lot of leaves collect along the fence of my run, I still collect them up and pitch them over the fence. Then I spread them around to muddy spots :)

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