what to put in brooder for baby chicks?

kdavis228

In the Brooder
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Apr 25, 2011
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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?
 

rhs7111

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Mar 11, 2011
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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.
 

ChickenCanoe

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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.
 

motherhenmindy

Chirping
8 Years
May 6, 2011
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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.
 

dretd

Crowing
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Apr 14, 2009
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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.
 

joneus

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Apr 2, 2011
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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!"
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whimx

In the Brooder
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May 23, 2011
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i use pine shavings, about 2 inches thick
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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!)
 

secuono

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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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