Questions about brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sterlingb, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. sterlingb

    sterlingb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I use hay in the bottom of my brooder or would shavings be better. Also I'm on day 20 and no piping... When do they start that? Candled at day 18 and saw good movement and even saw 2 eggs rock a few times in the incubator today. Very nervous and scared they aren't going to hatch!!! 1st time hatcher!! :rolleyes:
     
  2. bigbum1984

    bigbum1984 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told to use hay or chopped up straw, the chicks might try and eat the wood chips and they can get stuck to them when they poop!
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Either shavings or nice, clean yellow straw. Either work well. Some folks dry the chicks for a day or two in a box, with paper towel under them. We just put them right onto the straw and have never had an issue.

    Remember, broody hens hatch their chicks in tall grass, dirt holes, hay lofts, straw piles, under porches, etc LOL



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  4. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would use straw. clean, unmolding straw. and dont worry about your eggs, it can be 25 days before they hatch!
     
  5. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and shavings are good too
     

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