Hello BYC helpers- I am getting my brooder ready for chicks midweek. I am using a large clear tote that is screwed to a table and has a tight-fitting hardware cloth covered lid (I have a very curious cat). My concern is that the bottom of the tote is very slippery. I am currently drying/warming sand by the woodstove and was going to cover the bottom of the tote with sand before adding the pine shavings. Which brings me to the fact that my very handy husband hates to pay for something he can do himself, and we have lots of pine boards and a planer. We experimented making shavings and they are very soft and fragrant. It seems like a chick would be buried in them though. Maybe I will just need to tamp them down first? Thanks for the help- I already woke at 3 this morning worrying about the darn chicks and I don't even have them yet!