Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by texas_chick, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    I've been trying to take the paper liner away and switch the chicks over to shavings but as soon as I take the paper cover out (it's currently covering up a layer of shavings) they peck at the shavings.
    Not sure how much they are eating them but lots of scratching around and pecking at it.
    Does that mean it's not yet safe to switch to shavings? Or will they always scratch and peck no matter how old they are?
  2. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    I tried to make the switch when the chicks were about 3 weeks. They just ate the savings...I was paranoid so I took them back off for another week or so. Now they are fine. I think they are probably eating some but (touch wood) no problems yet.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    They're going to pick up shavings and investigate whether it's something they can eat or not. That's how chicks find out what's food and what's not.
    I never had mine on paper towels. Sure they picked up a shaving here and there, but there was no real eating going on. They were fine.

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