Small shavings? Or the bigger kind?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ragerkid2, May 3, 2011.

  1. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are using the small stuff but it's dusty and accmalates in there waterer. ( I have to clean it every couple of hours) it's getting on my nerves so I was wondering if it would be okay to just get the bigger kind?
     
  2. Ms.Frizzle

    Ms.Frizzle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you tried elevating the waterer so that the shavings arn't being kicked up into it?
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Raise the waterers and feeders up off the floor with a platform they can climb onto to reach them. That will slow down (but not entirely eliminate) the shavings in the water problem.

    I prefer the larger shavings myself.
     
  4. Farmer_Dan

    Farmer_Dan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like the large ones.
     
  5. Anianna

    Anianna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the bigger kind. It's less dusty and easier to clean up.
     
  6. lebentier

    lebentier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a fair amount of the dust you are seeing is from the chickens, not the shavings. tons and tons of chick dust while they feather in. it is the hardest part of having them inside my house. [​IMG]
     
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The larger shavings. Less scatter, more absorbant, easier to fish out of the waterer base. Plus, the chicks occasionally pick up a darker piece and run around like they have a super prize, which the other chicks all want and chase it to try to take it away. Entertainment value galore!
     
  8. KansasBoy

    KansasBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're learning to scratch for food... they'll keep covering the dish! I use a piece of wood to set the dishes on... it helps a bit! [​IMG]
     
  9. ErinG

    ErinG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like larger. I have my waterer up on two small cinder blocks (the square kind) laid flat and rarely do the shavings make it in in any large quantity.
     
  10. Anianna

    Anianna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:When does that happen? My chicks are in their second week and I'm not seeing much dust at all using the large shavings. Their water stays clean unless they specifically scratch near the water, in which case it is mostly shavings in the water.
     

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