What's the earliest I can get my girls off of paper towels

Kezzie

Songster
10 Years
Feb 15, 2009
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I have three groups of chicks in my brooder right now. They will be 3 weeks, 2 weeks, and 1 week tomorrow or Saturday. If I just had the 3 week chicks, I would definitely have them on shavings by now but, with the one week old chicks, I haven't yet.

How soon can I get rid of the paper towels? I think the shavings will be cleaner and certainly waste less paper!
 

chickiebaby

Songster
12 Years
Jan 2, 2008
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western mass
you only need paper for a day or two until they learn what food is.

You can most certainly take em off paper now, all of em. It's actually kind of bad for their legs. Don't worry. Just take the paper out.
 

morelcabin

Songster
12 Years
Feb 8, 2007
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Ontario Canada
I have always put mine on shavings but used newspaper under and around the feed dish so they could find the feed at first. Your week olds should be fine now, they will folow the rest to the feed dish
 

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