quick question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by djackjr, May 14, 2009.

  1. djackjr

    djackjr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how often do you clean the brooder, mine are in a huge rubber maid tub 4 feet long by two feet wide and deep. I have shavings in the bottom about a 1/2 inch thick with 9 chicks about week too two weeks old I think, I forgot to ask the feed store how old they were last weekend when I got them!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    Answers would vary a lot. Might be the best answer is, when it stinks enough. If they are in your house, you will want to do this a lot more often than if they are outdoors in a coop, garage, whatever. You can just add more shavings for a long time and stir, rather than clean out and start over.
     
  3. ChickieNikki

    ChickieNikki Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks for asking this, and thanks for answering--mine are in the same container, and i'll switch them to pellets day after tomorrow. when it stinks is good enough for me!
     
  4. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had my 13 on newspaper and changed it once or twice a day.
     
  5. LilbitChicken

    LilbitChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, we have 8 inside.....I change the paper towel.....shavings....3x a day.....but it depends on what you think you need to do! [​IMG]
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    Quote:Not recommended. Too slippery, can lead to splayed leg.
     
  7. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same kind of bin and I had mine on rice hulls covered with paper towels. The first week and a half I was a paranoid wreck (first timer here) and changed the towels at least once a day. Now I leave it about 2-3 days and then change it. I figure they ought to get used to it a little as I will be using the Deep Litter Method in the coop. They don't seem to mind, I just have to be extra careful when I play with them. And I double wash my hands in HOT water after.
     
  8. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    What does your nose say to do?[​IMG]
     

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