What's in your brooder box?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MyNameIs86, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    New Jersey
    So I'm curious what people use for their brooder box for the flooring... Last time i used a plastic box with wood and a small piece of fleece that i had left over from my sewing stuff. It looked very comfy. I had a pet hedgehog and i used a fleece lineing for the entire cage. lol.

    so, the question is....

    "What's in your Brooder Box?"
    (Instead of "What's in YOUR wallet" commericals. lol)

    I would LOVE to see pics... :) I saw the pics in the Learning sections which were awesome.
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I use pine shavings in mine. Occasionally I'll put paper towels or rubber shelf liner over the shavings for the first few days, but I only really do that with hatchery chicks. I would post pics of my brooder, but its currently empty (waiting on the peeps in my incubator to hatch :D ).
  3. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 24, 2012
    Sacramento, CA
    I use pine shavings, and straw when they get older, but I've heard someone uses plant "dirt" (don't know the exact name), WITHOUT fertilizer. It absorbes well, and after they grow, you can use in your compost, and garden! [​IMG]

    I think I'm going to try using it when my chicks hatch. They are in the bator. [​IMG]
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    That's a REALLY good idea! Does it have to be from the store, ir could I get away with using dirt from my yard (which the chicks get in a small pan anyway for grit and dust bathing)? The only problem I can see with it is the heat lamp could dry it out and then it'll get real dusty...what about peat moss- would that be safe? Nikki
  5. CaraDD

    CaraDD Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 13, 2012
    Dry side of Oregon
    I use shavings, too. They are not very absorbent, but they do keep the smell down, as my chicks usually stay in the house waaay too long :)
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I used straw that had been run through a wood chipper/shredder. I liked it so much that I am still using it in the coop.
  7. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 24, 2012
    Sacramento, CA
    That's what I thought, but I bet peat moss would work..... I don't see why it wouldn't. [​IMG]
  8. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2011
    I used shavings for most of the time that they were in the brooder. They were so dusty that at one point, I put hay in and promptly lost a chick to impacted crop (at least I THINK that is what it was). So the hay came out and shavings went back in. As they got bigger I went and got a great big bag of 'grit' for them. When I got it home, most of the chunks were nearly as big as their heads so when I found myself low on bedding, I dumped some of that in. I figured that is was surely safe if they ate it.. and dry enough to dry out poo.. Actually worked pretty well for a week.

    This time I'm probably going with shavings. I've got plenty of it now that the coop is bedded in it too.
  9. EMcD

    EMcD Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2012
    South Jersey
    We really liked using pine pellets for the brooder. Granted, we've only done it once so far, so we're not experts!

    But, it's what our family-run feed store used in their brooders. It's nice because they absorb more than pine shavings, and when they break down into sawdust, the wet sawdust falls to the bottom under the remaining whole pellets. So you know when it's time to change when they're all broken down and wet or dirty.

    Some people use them in the coop too, but we found that they moved around (and out of the coop) too often. But in the brooder, we really liked how they worked and kept the smell down.

    This is just a sample of what I mean. I can't remember if this is the brand, but they are often marketed for horse bedding.

  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I use grass hay. I always offer grit and have never had a problem.

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