Sand or bedding in brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mochicken, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    I have 14 chicks that are around 10 days old in a Rubbermaid "brooder" in the house, they have been on paper towels since they hatched but they are making a mess of it too fast even though we change it 3 times a day they still are getting a lil stinky.

    I use sand in my coops and my chickens do fine but I have never used sand in a brooder before, would it be ok to use that or do I need to use pine bedding?
  2. dolly85

    dolly85 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2010
    At this age they will do fine on some wood shavings. You will notice the smell is not nearly as bed! They will pick at it some at first, but by this age they know what food is and won't eat enough to hurt them.
  3. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    I only use paper towels for the first day or two in order to see that their poop looks normal.

    After that they're on shavings. And I use a deep litter of shavings in the brooder so it doesn't smell.

  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    The only thing I will use in my brooders is sand, it works a lot better than wood shavings.


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