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When do I have to switch from paper towels to an alternate bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tara7815, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. tara7815

    tara7815 Songster

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    I started with shavings but realized they were too small so switched to papertowels. Oh my goodness it is SOOOO easy.
    everyday I just roll up the messy ones and lay down the new ones.

    I dread the shavings mess..LOL But I know they prefer something to kick around and peck at.

    When should this be done?
     

  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

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    I usually do paper towels for a week then put the chicks on shavings.

    You're right! The paper towels are super easy! [​IMG]
     
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    2-3 days old is usually enough for paper towels.

    If you're worried about dust and mess, try using compressed pine pellets - they last longer than shavings and aren't dusty. I use them for new hatchlings, too because they're too big to eat.
     
  4. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    Arkansas
    Ugh shavings. Buffy Bumpit is 3 weeks old now and I am having to switch to shavings because she started tearing up the paper towels and playing with them. If she hadn't been an only chick I would have had to switch sooner. I love the papertowels.....
     
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    usually a few days and then I switch to shavings.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:If she was at my house where she belongs, you wouldn't have these problems. [​IMG]
     
  7. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

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    Preferred puppy pads over paper towels. Bigger and more obsorbant.

    Wood pellets for sure.
     

  8. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
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    Quote:If she was at my house where she belongs, you wouldn't have these problems. [​IMG]

    Don't tempt me.
     
  9. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Songster

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    I agree with gumpsgirl, I did around 6-7 days than went to pine chips. Mine are 3 weeks now and out in coop with pine chips. Soon to go to deep litter method once they get a little older.
     

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