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Should I use sand or wood chips?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by penut1799, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. penut1799

    penut1799 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I get my chicks in a week, and I was wondering if I should use sand or wood chips?
     
  2. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Which way are you leaning and why? Are you wanting to keep it really clean and willing to rake and scoop, or wanting more of a deep litter method type thing, where it's not "clean", but you don't have to mess with it?
     
  3. djennings

    djennings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think sand. The reason I believe is they have to learn first what is allowed to eat. Once they learn that wood chips are not for eating, then should be alright! Congrats on the chickies!
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I like wood chips in the brooder.

    I like wood chips in the coop and sand in the run.[​IMG]
     
  5. itsmechrissy

    itsmechrissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My vote: Brooder = wood chips Coop and Run = Sand Nesting Boxes = wood shavings.
     
  6. penut1799

    penut1799 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the help! I think I will use wood chips. [​IMG]
     
  7. TheJuan-n-Only

    TheJuan-n-Only Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I decided on sand on coop and run since I hated to mess with the w/c in the brooder! lol
     
  8. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    I would place paper towels over wood chips for atleast the first 4 days so that they learn to eat their food. Paper towels are easy to change out. Afterward, they would be on the woodchips. Igive them a frisbee full of sand to play in and dust bathe in. I love the chick stage, but, they just grow too fast.
     
  9. juliaaa

    juliaaa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Will be what we do once ours go outside.
     

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