Using pine shavings in a nest box?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Barbeque, May 13, 2010.

  1. Barbeque

    Barbeque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good idea or no?
    And can I feed my chicks starter feed for pullets and broilers until they are adults? Even though I'm not cooking them?
    xD
    Can you give roosters laying pellets or w/e its called
     
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  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Good idea-- chicks love something to snuggle into, and throw around [​IMG]

    Yup- ok to feed. You just dont want to give the chicks layer feed. Bad for their little kidneys.

    Yup- somepeople prefer not to, but just as many have no issues.
     
  3. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    ETA--- I am not webstalking you. [​IMG] I feel like I always answer your ?s. I try to spend a few minutes each day in the "unanswered questions" section, and I think our schedules must be the same. [​IMG]
     
  4. Barbeque

    Barbeque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Haha, I do not feel like you are webstalking me, I feel like you are answering my unanswered questions, and it is greatly appreciated! ;D
     
  5. fastpat

    fastpat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pine shavings are fine, as are Aspen shavings. It's Cedar that is a no-no, the fumes make them sick and ultimately will kill them.
     
  6. RachelFromTheBlackLagoon

    RachelFromTheBlackLagoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ding dong chickens will not lay in their nest box if I put pine shavings in it. They will only lay in their nest box if I put straw in it. However, they have no issues with laying eggs all over the coop floor, which is covered in pine shavings... Go figure.
     
  7. fastpat

    fastpat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You might get them to accept pine shavings in the nest box by placing some shavings in the straw and gradually put less and less straw in and more and more shavings.
     
  8. RachelFromTheBlackLagoon

    RachelFromTheBlackLagoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've tried that AND golf balls! They were laying in the box for a little while and stopped after I cleaned the coop. Oh well, can't win 'em all, huh?!
     
  9. FlagChick

    FlagChick Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens like pine shavings, and I do too because they compost faster than straw.
     
  10. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Plus the straw STINKS when it decomposes. It only rains twice a year---and I learned my lesson fast!

    The straw turned into a 6-inch carpet of stink, stonger than adimantuim, & busted the shovel when I tried to scrape it out. [​IMG]
     

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