What can I use to Line a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sethsleader, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. sethsleader

    sethsleader Songster

    Apr 14, 2009
    Im putting my chicks into the brooder tomorrow. Can I line it with coragated cardboard so they dont slip? I have oodels of boxes so it could be changed easily, and they are free!!

    If not what else can I use? I wasnt keen on saw dust, thought that they might eat it?
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2009

  2. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Crowing

    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY
    Put down pine chips, (not sawdust), and put a layer of paper towel over it for the first week so they won't eat it. Cardboard would be too slippery.
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I like pressed pine pellets for my brooders. You can get it in the aisle with horsey stuff at the feed store. The chicks get great traction on them and they're too big to eat, so I don't have to cover them. The poo dries really fast on them, so it really cuts down on the smell and they're not dusty.
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    The cardboard will be handy used under the shavings or straw. When it's time to change their bedding you can just lift out the cardboard & slide the dirty stuff out -- into your garden or compost bin, of course!
  5. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009
    Put down pine chips, (not sawdust), and put a layer of paper towel over it for the first week so they won't eat it. Cardboard would be too slippery.

    Exactly what I was going to say. Once that cardboard gets wet from there water and poo it will be a slippery mess. [​IMG]

    Pine shaving (I got my pine bedding from Walmart in the pet section) then cover that for a week with paper towels. You can just roll up the paper towels and put new ones down, very easy quick clean up. Then after a week take the paper towels away, since they will know what there food is by that time and put a little chick or parakete grit in with then incase they still try to eat some since they are going to love scratching and picking the spilt food out of it. [​IMG] THen all I did was add a little everyday to dry out the poo and then fully changed it once a week. My chicks were outside at 5 weeks old.

    Best of luck! [​IMG]

  6. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    I used some peat moss in mine, and I was happy with it. I heard not to use newspaper as it is to slippery and they can fall and hurt themselves, develop leg problems.
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I use puppy pee pads for the first week or so and then they're either on pine shavings or in a brooder with a hardware cloth bottom.
  8. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    I too liked the puppy pads for the first 3-4 days until they knew what the food was. Then peat moss until they really started to scratch then wood pellets.
  9. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009

  10. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Songster

    Aug 2, 2009
    La Crescenta, CA
    I also used pressed pine pellets. It is sold as cat litter- I found it the 'cheepest' at Trader Jos. It kept the smell and dust minimal, and was easy to scoop up for cleaning.

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