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Using Pine shavings for Chicks?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Petej, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting ready to set-up the brooder and am wondering if I can use the pine litter I have for the big cage, in the brooder for the chicks?

    Or should I go with Newspaper?

    I've keep seeing people that have used either/or so which would be better?
     
  2. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    I use a old dish towel or the shelf liner stuff (like in the photo below) for the first few days then they can go on whatever. [​IMG]

    I would not use newspaper as it is slick and you will get spraddle leg chicks if you put then on a slick surface.
    Pull the chicks as soon as dry and show them where the water is. (water dish should have marbles/stones in it so they can walk on top of it and not get to wet or drown.. they tend to always try and swim.

    I like the rag or shelf stuff since I just change it out and toss in a bucket. Soak rags/shelf liner in the bucket (kinda like rinsing) then put in washer and wash!


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    This is my button but I use the same setup for the coturnix as well (first week)

    Second week they get either a water nipple or a bottle waterer choice since they can't drown in those.
    3rd week I add a small J feeder for food
    4th week they go out to the grow out pen to be acclimatized to outside (reducing heat etc)
    6th week I try and start tagging boys (I have white, ranges and goldens)
    7th week girls get tossed into the adult pen! boys get tossed into bachelor pen.
     
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  3. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Newspaper that is not shredded will cause spayed leg. I like oine shavings, but they cost more. With pine shavings the natural scent helps cover up the odor and they are not hard no the chick's feet.
     
  4. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sweet thank you for the ideas! I have shredded paper at the ready (it's plentiful inmy house and cheaper than pine shavings.

    I will use towels until they are old enough to navigate the paper.

    Pics coming soon of the brooder....
     
  5. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    You can also use yesterday's news unscented. it's pelleted bedding but it works too. I use it on coturnix chicks and button chicks. If I don't have that handy I use pine shavings or shedded newspaper. As long as it's not flat you are good to go [​IMG]
     
  6. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    wood stove pellets work well too. you can sift it too and put the large stuff back in and take the small dirty stuff and place in compost pile.
     
  7. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't think of the wood pellets! Those are relatively cheap where I am, plus they could be burned when done....(smelly yes, but since I have a shop or two to heat out here, I could burn them in the wood-stove out there....)
     
  8. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The brooder is now set-up!

    In progress, freshly washed and dried. Towels are in. Will switch to paper once the chicks gain their "walking" legs...
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    Seems like a good place for it. Next to the Incubator.

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    All done!
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    1/4" hardware mesh over the top and a 150 watt red heat lamp. The bottom of the brooder sit at about 90 degrees after some adjustment of the height of the lamp. Just about right!
     
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:PETE THATS PERFECT! ONCE THEY ARE ABOUT A WEEK OLD YOU CAN SWITCH TO REGULAR NEWSPAPER (THEIR LEG JOINTS WILL BE SET BY THEN AND SPRADDLE LEG IS NO LONGER A PROBLEM)
     
  10. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At least I know we have it right! [​IMG]


    I keep hearing a random cheep from somewhere. It's not from the big Quail cage! I haven't been able to pin out down, but maybe it's [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] time? I can't see any pips in the Quail eggs though.... [​IMG]
     
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