My first chicks should arrive in the next couple of days and I have been carefully reading the volumes of good advice here. I'm now the proud owner of pine shavings, wood pellets AND Carefresh paper pulp bedding - LOL. Since none of these various bedding materials are easy to obtain within 100 miles of where I live, every time I read someone's recommendation I buy it when I'm out of town. I should be able to conduct a good comparison study! For the first go I finally settled on the Carefresh, covered with puppy pads. My brooder is all set up and ready to go. Now if only the post office would call!