What do you put in the bottom of your brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by goodleg, May 18, 2007.

  1. goodleg

    goodleg Hatching

    May 13, 2007
    And how do you clean it. These babies sure poop ALOT!!!

  2. Country Gal

    Country Gal Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Capac, MI
    I used wood shavings, similar to what would be used in a guinea pig or hamster cage. I found that the easiest way to "clean" it was to just put more on top rather than trying to empty the old stuff out first.
  3. OHChick

    OHChick Songster

    May 8, 2007
    i'm no expert (just got my chicks Monday), but i put wood shavings (had some left that i wasn't using for horse stalls).

    problem with mine, the poop blends in! i can't see it. i thought they were pooping or i was just looking for the wrong thing. but
    now i can find it out (sort of).

    i tried to use the shop vac to suck up the poopy shavings the first day but it clogged (yes! i took the chicks out first, didn't want to suck them up). so i just used an old broom's dust pan, and scraped the poopy shavings out and dumped them into the trash.

    good luck.
    Last edited: May 18, 2007
  4. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    My chicks are now 11 days old. I use a medicated purina start and grow feed. So I never thought I needed "grit"

    When my chicks were 1-3 days old I used paper towel (so they wouldn't slip) I learned that from the great people here. I just covered up the poo with NEW paper towel for 3 days. I only used one big roll. Then they really started pooing ALOT (around 4 days old) I switched to pine shavings.

    Before that I removed all the paper towel, pine is much better and easier. I try to pick off the poos that I see and then throw on more shavings. The babies started picking at it and I didn't THINK they were eating it but I guess I was wrong. A day or 2 after I switched they started a weird little cough type thing - like clearing their throat or something. I think they were eating a bit of the shavings.

    SO then I decided to give them a little grit just to see what they would do. They LOVED it and went crazy and the "cough" went away. I think they were eating the pine and choking a little.........JMO
    I just give them 26 of them BTW a little grit on a paper plate once a day. I swear it made the "cough" go away -who knows? I gave them 2 hard boiled yokes yesterday and they went nuts! As long as they had grit I figured why not spoil 'em?!

    Sorry about the rambling.........no other way to tell it
  5. SkeeredChicken

    SkeeredChicken Songster

    Feb 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    Pine shavings....as alotta people do. I try to change it about twice a week. Get's smelly, if you dont [​IMG]
  6. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    When I use the rubbermade container I use corn cob litter. I really like it and they can't eat it. Plus its not messy like shavings and doesn't fly out all over the place either.
  7. SkeeredChicken

    SkeeredChicken Songster

    Feb 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    Pine shavings....as alotta people do. I try to change it about twice a week. Get's smelly, if you dont [​IMG]
  8. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Pine shavings are excellent in the brooder and in the coop. Never use cedar shavings, though. It is toxic to chickens.
  9. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Quote:What do you mean when you say they "can't eat it", when I raised parrots you couldnt give them cob because they would eat it and it swelled up.
    I'm Not saying you are wrong, and I hope the tone doesnt read that way, but I have limeted experience with chickens and want to know, Will chicks Not eat it?
  10. webdawg

    webdawg In the Brooder

    May 4, 2007
    Kingman, Az
    I'm going to try all purpose sand in my coop and use a kitty litter scoop to clean it.

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