Removing the litter covering?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cairopd1069, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. cairopd1069

    cairopd1069 Out Of The Brooder

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    How long should I leave the paper towels over the litter before removing it?
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    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.
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2010
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    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.
     
  4. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    I use that or newspaper for the first two 1/2 days.
     
  5. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    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.
     

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