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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cairopd1069, Dec 5, 2010.
How long should I leave the paper towels over the litter before removing it?
I only use paper towels - or shelf lining because it's washable and reusable - for the first 3 days. By then the chicks know what is food!
Some folks put chicks onto pine shavings right away with no covering.
When I get new chicks I first dip their beaks in the water and then set them down IN their food tray. I've yet to have a chick that didn't start eating immediately. After that they're free to wander where they want in their brooder. I don't put paper towels down and have never had a problem with them eating shavings. Picking a piece of shavings up in their beak to check it out, sure - all babies put things in their mouth to check em out - but never to eat them.
I use that or newspaper for the first two 1/2 days.
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I dont use paper towels at all. I dip the chicks beak in the water and let them explore. Never had a problem with chicks on either shavings or straw.