What to use for bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Georgetownchick, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Georgetownchick

    Georgetownchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Have a batch of eggs due to hatch at the end of this coming week. What kind of bedding is best to use in the brooder? I have also heard it is best to cover the bedding with something for the first couple of days so they don't eat it. Can I just use an old towel?

    Thanks!
     
  2. marianne7

    marianne7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used straw, and covered it wood shavings....
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I've always just used pine shavings. They go on it from day one and I've never had a problem with chicks eating the shavings. I introduce them to the waterer and feeder when I put them in and that's that. I do often put the feeder on a flat piece of wood just to catch some of what they toss out so more gets eaten instead of lost in the bedding.
     
  4. Overoberyl

    Overoberyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used pine shavings also, sometimes I will use just a folded puppy pad for the first day until I'm sure they have their footing, then I put pine shavings in.
     
  5. richsbabycakes

    richsbabycakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put paper towels on top of pine shavings. I can replace the paper towels as needed and less chips get in the water.
     

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