what to use for bedding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by staggerlee, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. staggerlee

    staggerlee Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 30, 2009
    Bear Creek NC
    I had some chicks die one time and got to reading on feathersite not to use pine shaving or cedar because they eat the shavings get stopped up and die. Everywhere you look pics and articles they are using pine shavings. I just bought some chicks and used paper towels for the first few days . then when the birds knew where their food was i put shavings in . the next day one was dead . he was real heavy too and felt like his crop was full. So i panicked and took out the shavings. no other birds have died. im sure that he was probably the only one who was eating the shavings cause they would have gotten sick at the same time. my question is what else is there to use? and why do most people use the shavings . it seems that enough people have problems with the shavings . is it ok to lose a couple of chicks out of every batch to this ?
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    Iv'e used paper towels and pine shavings for years with no problems.
  3. paul65

    paul65 Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    SW Pennsylvania
    Some times i use paper towels on top of the shavings for a week or two, but thats hard if you have a lot of chicks if you don't have to many try it if you have a lot you could try some old rags just till they get used to what is food/water and whats not.
  4. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    when I got my chicks, I put paper towel on top of the pine shavings for the first week. I had 20 chicks and they all survived.
  5. GregM

    GregM Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2009
    I'm a rank beginner at this, but I used paper towels on my 9 for the first 2 1/2 weeks and I put them in pine shavings (on the advice of the guy in the chicken area at Tractor Supply Company) three days ago. They seem perfectly fine at teh moment, but I'll let you know if I have any problems. Good luck.

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