what to put in brooder for baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kdavis228, May 23, 2011.

  1. kdavis228

    kdavis228 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    I have pine shavings, actual shavings not dust, and newspaper what should I use? Right now I have the newspaper down with a shallow layer of shavings over that, will that work?
  2. kera!

    kera! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Navajo County
    that will work use at least 1" I like to use paper towel over the top for a few day news paper is slippery. paper towel is not.
  3. rhs7111

    rhs7111 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    With day old chicks, I usually put down paper towels and then pine shavings over the paper towels. (I have yet to have chicks eat shavings but if your chicks do, then put an additional layer of paper towels over the pine shavings for a few days). Newspaper can get slippery when wet, and can cause slipped tendon injuries in young chicks. After a few days, I skip the paper towel layer altogether and only use pine shavings as bedding.
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    newspaper can cause leg problems.
    I put down the shavings then cover it with burlap and cover that with paper towels for the first few days.
    After about 10 days I pull up the burlap. By then they know what food looks like.
  5. motherhenmindy

    motherhenmindy Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I put down paper towel, then newspaper, and then used a thick layer of aspen shavings. If I were to do it all over again, I'd just do paper towel. They made a mess of it all.
  6. Anianna

    Anianna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2010
    N/E of Richmond, VA
    I just use pine shavings. You can use textured paper towels, but don't use anything slick like newspapers as that can cause splayed legs.
  7. dretd

    dretd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2009
    Ft Collins, CO
    I start with paper towels over shavings then pull the paper towels after a couple of days. At about a week, I then switch over to a 50/50 mixture of peat moss and sand mixed together. Gives 'um something to scratch at. The peat moss can dirty up the water so I set the water container on a tile to keep it off of the mixture.
  8. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    Ballston Spa
    I've got shredded junk mail over a layer of newspaper and that seems to be working out so far. Maybe I should send a picture to CitiBank and American Express and say, "Thanks!" [​IMG]
  9. whimx

    whimx Out Of The Brooder

    May 23, 2011
    i use pine shavings, about 2 inches thick [​IMG] though for day olds i would put pine shavings, then paper towels on top for the first day. no newspaper, it's slippery and gets gross when it gets wet (and it WILL get wet!)
  10. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    I have mine on nothing more than scrap cardboard until they are ready to go out with the others..Adding shavings and such just makes a larger mess, clogs the water and the food is lost within it.

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