When do I remove the paper towels?

amaliayosa

Songster
11 Years
Mar 12, 2008
155
1
131
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Hey everyone, my babies are now 8 days old. I started off putting their feed in piles throughout the brooder (for about 4 days) Then yesterday I put down 2 feeders (full) and scattered feed in front of them. Did the same this morning.
I am wondering when it wil be ok to remove the paper towels and use the pine shavings alone. The mess is getting to be a bit...how ya say....overwhelming.
Thanks
 

Tuffoldhen

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
7,502
76
301
WV
It's time...I use them about a week then pull them up...I have found that if you put down a puppy pad or even paper towels under the feeder and water it helps keep the shavings out alittle more...
 

ncgnance

Songster
12 Years
Aug 22, 2007
517
3
151
Iredell County, NC
Thanks for that suggestion about the puppy pads under the feedere/waterers, tuffoldhen. I spend alot of time changing water with the chicks. Duh, I never thought of that!!!
 

hypnofrogstevie

chick magnet
12 Years
Jul 12, 2007
7,365
14
261
Newton NJ
If you plan to putdown shavings you need to lift up the waterer with something. with my silkies it was plastic VHS cases. then I moved on to bricks
 

JDH

In the Brooder
12 Years
Jun 19, 2007
42
0
22
Anyone else having the issue of chicks eating the shavings? I want to put mine on shavings as they are 10 days old but everytime I try, the eat the shavings. I assume this is bad.
 

palabeco

Songster
12 Years
Oct 29, 2007
395
4
141
S.W. PA
I took the paper towels out at 3 days,and watched them for the first hour or so, they would pick up the pieces of wood chips and drop them right away, it was like they were just checking it out.
 

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