when can I use pine shavings instead of paper towels with my chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NC29mom, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. NC29mom

    NC29mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old do they need to be before i can use pine shavings instead of paper towels? Right now i am having to change the paper towels like every 4-5hrs, and it's getting to be a bit much. I just don't want them to eat the pine shavings.

    Another thing, I have chick medicated starter feed. I have been putting it in the blender and making even smaller since my chicks were small breed (jpapanese BTW and sebrights). Do you think they are ok to eat the feed without blending? They were born last wednesday.
     
  2. KentuckyChick

    KentuckyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took the paper towels off after a couple of days.
     
  3. Mark & Nique

    Mark & Nique Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go ahead and use the pine shavings.
     
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    You just need to completely sure they are ALL eating & drinking so that they don't think the shavings are food. I typically go a full 3 days. (incidentally, I use puppy training pads rather than paper towels.)
     
  5. NC29mom

    NC29mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:WOW WHAT A GREAT IDEA!! And guess what, I acutally have SOME! WHOO HOO!


    thanks, tomorrow they will get the pine shavings, for now I will use a puppy pad!
     
  6. KentuckyChick

    KentuckyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used puppy pads too. I still use them under the water dishes.
     
  7. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours all go straight from the incubator to pine shavings..have never had a problem with the chicks.My brooders are too big to line with paper towels and I'm way too busy to fuss with changing them every few hours.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Same here.
     
  9. atimme

    atimme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually give them a few days too, it's just easier to keep them from eating them right out of the incubator.
     
  10. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    I use puppy pads as the bottom layer with pine shavings on top and paper towels on top of the pine shavings (I want them to be comfortable). [​IMG]
    I take the paper towels out after almost a week (when the poop production really cranks up!).
     

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