Silkie chick brooder bedding question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by silkiesmooth, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. silkiesmooth

    silkiesmooth New Egg

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    Hi! I just picked up 4 silkie chicks. They are 2 weeks old now. I have been using aspen shavings as bedding in the brooder. Their feet are now getting filled in with feathers and the bedding gets knotted up in it. Is sand a better option or some other kind of bedding that wont get matted in their feet? I have to cut the shavings out of their feet everyday and really would rather not do that. Any help would be appreciated. I am about half way done with building their outdoor enclosure and should be done with it in a couple weeks. I will post pics of it when it is done. Thanks again
     
  2. GonzoChickenLady

    GonzoChickenLady Out Of The Brooder

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    My Silkie breeder used dried Bermuda grass as bedding for her chickens. I just hatched some myself & am switching them from wood chips to Bermuda grass today. They are 2 weeks old. I'm moving them outside in a couple of weeks. I'm going to go up & get a clean bale of grass or maybe alfalfa today. Will keep it in the garage so it doesn't get wet outside. For my older birds I use diatomaceous earth to control mites so I've never had a problem with bugs from the bedding. Hope you live somewhere where you can get a bale of something this time of year. I've seen bags of Timothy grass in pet stores but it is extremely expensive. Good luck!
     
  3. silkiesmooth

    silkiesmooth New Egg

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    Thanks. Im in Florida. I have a few feed stores locally. I will try that. Makes sense to me
     
  4. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
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    My chicks stay in a brooder inside until they are 2 weeks old. They then go to a wood brooder outside in my brooder shed. I keep heat lamps on them and they are on a cement floor with a nice enclosure and I put builder's sand on the bottom. Sometimes I mix a little dirt from the yard so they get the used to soil. They stay there till they go out to the big house...[​IMG]
     

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