Shavings...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GlitterKitty, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. GlitterKitty

    GlitterKitty Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Hello! [​IMG] I was wondering if pine shavings are okay to use in the brooder? I've used them before.. and nothing bad happened, but I just bought some I wanted to find out! [​IMG]

    Thanks (=
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

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    Pine shavings are great, it's the cedar shavings that you cannot use. Have fun! [​IMG]
     
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  3. GlitterKitty

    GlitterKitty Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Yay Chicks! :

    Pine shaving are great, it's the cedar shaving that you cannot use. Have fun! [​IMG]

    Oh okay! Thank you!​
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Pine shavings are PERFECT to use in brooders! I even use the deep litter method in my brooders; just take out clumps and periodically add a new layer on top of the old shavings.

    I use a nipple waterer so I don't have to deal with damp/wet shavings.
     
  5. turtlebird

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    some people will place a paper towel over the pine shavings for the first day or so until they realize where the food is!
     
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  6. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

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    After the first couple of days and as soon as you notice they are eating well, they are fine. They just have to learn what is food and what isn't. I generally wait about a week, post-hatch.
     
  7. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

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    They are just fine, but I like pine pellets better because it cuts down on the dust. I don't use the pellets the first week though because I worry about them rolling under foot and possibly causing spraddle leg.
     
  8. GlitterKitty

    GlitterKitty Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Thanks everyone! Usually the I start out with paper towels, then once they start pulling the paper towels back on their own I just stop puting them in there [​IMG]
     

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