What do you use as flooring in your brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nuzuki, May 19, 2012.

  1. nuzuki

    nuzuki Hatching

    May 19, 2012
    Hi all,
    First id like to say great forum, ive only just joined today. I have 3 cuckoo marans and one light sussex chick. I am getting through so much kitchen roll and was wondering what other people use as flooring for their brooders? I have anti slip mat stuff on the floor then 2 layers of kitchen roll, then half of the brooder is covered in a tea towel then a smaller tea towel folded up in the corner on top of the other tea towel. Does that sound alright?

    Thanks for any advice :)
  2. Kay56

    Kay56 Chirping

    Jan 11, 2012
    Hi..new to chicks as well but i am currently using sand, with aspen chips (mine are two and 1/2 weeks now). The first two weeks I used aspen chips (allergic to pine) with paper towels layed on top. I LOVED that...they are so messy now with wood chips....throw them everywhere....wish I was back on paper towels....just roll them up and throw them away....easy and clean.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland

    You can use shredded newspaper or wood shavings. Will cost less! I use an old blanket, which I then wash and re-use later.
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    When first hatched I put the chicks in a large plastic tub lined with puppy training pads. After they are eating and drinking well, and moving around actively, I switch them to a large (appliance-sized) carboard box lined with heavy plastic covered in pelleted pine bedding, pine shavings, or a combination of both. Get the large size shavings not the fine to prevent them from eating the bedding.
  5. ChickiesInUtah

    ChickiesInUtah Chirping

    May 14, 2012
    Northern Utah
    Hello! I'm new as well. We lined a plastic tub with butcher paper and topped it with shredded newspaper.

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