Shavings or Newspsper

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AngryChicken, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. AngryChicken

    AngryChicken New Egg

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    Witch is better to use for newly hatched chicks? Newspaper or shavings?
     
  2. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:To answer your question, newspaper would be best for day olds instead of shavings. After they learn how to use their feet well, switch to shavings. The BEST option would be paper towels. Newspaper can be slick.
     
  3. petejd

    petejd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We put down shavings with paper towels over them for the first 2 days, then removed the paper towels. Helps keep the brooder clean, and keeps the chicks from eating the shavings.
     
  4. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Newspaper may be too slippery for day old chicks and cause splayed legs. I use paper towels. When hatching Button Quail I use Rubbermaid shelf liner that can be washed out and reused. It might work for just a few chicks until they get a little older.

    KimberlyJ~~Enjoy your babies!
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Quote:This is best.
    Newspaper is a primary cause of leg problems the first few days.
     
  6. Cheapchicksfarm

    Cheapchicksfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used newspaper for years but now only use Paper towels it is safer I buy the cheapest or on sale paper towels [​IMG]
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Quote:Same here. I buy 1 or 2 of the cheapest rolls I can find and don't scrimp. Put down new and roll up the dirty 3 or 4 times a day with each new brood. After about 5 days they are on pine shavings.
     

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