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Question aboutt bedding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Quinn4321, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Quinn4321

    Quinn4321 Songster

    Aug 28, 2010
    P.A/M.D border, USA
    I have 16 chicks that I got on the 20th of May, and I was wondering If I can change them from Paper toweling to Softwood bedding pellets.
    Will they eat it?
    Will it hurt them?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

  2. Quinn4321

    Quinn4321 Songster

    Aug 28, 2010
    P.A/M.D border, USA
    I would appreciate any and all help, If it is ok I would like to transfer them to the softwood pellets today.
  3. hannalice

    hannalice In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2010
    I don't see a problem- for the most part, the pellets are too big for them to eat, I've used them in the past and didn't have an issue. Just watch them, make sure they're not eating them, but you should be good. [​IMG]
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    I have used pine shavings since day one...they peck at it a bit, then realize it isn't food. And it smells great.
  5. Quinn4321

    Quinn4321 Songster

    Aug 28, 2010
    P.A/M.D border, USA
    ok Thank you!
  6. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    We've used the pine pellet bedding from day 1 (our chicks were a day or so old I think when we got them). They are 10 days old now. It does get in the food so when it's time to refill the feeder, I dump what's left in it. I suppose I could sift out the pellets but I'm too lazy.
  7. Lady EE

    Lady EE Songster

    May 10, 2011
    Here's what i think:

    Pine: toxic to chicks, safe for older ones

    Cedar: toxic for everything


    pellets: probably

  8. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    The pellets are pine and I know some here use pine shavings right from the beginning.
  9. tclegg

    tclegg Chirping

    May 15, 2011
    It is fine-paper towels first day or two--than after that shavings... They figure out what they can eat and They willl be fine..[​IMG]

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