When to change the brooder bedding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by eggcamefirst, May 29, 2011.

  1. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst In the Brooder

    Mar 14, 2010
    Piedmont Triad, NC
    So do I need to clean out the pine shavings every day? or can I just fluff it a bit so that all the poop isn't on top and change out the brooder every 2 days? OR can I add some more litter on top and wait even longer!
  2. stilldeb

    stilldeb Songster

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    I guess it depends on how big it is /what your situation is. I have two brooders going right now, both in Rubbermaid tubs, that I clean every day. I cover the bottom with newspaper and put the pine shavings on top of that. When I clean it, I just roll up the pine shavings in the newspaper into a WalMart bag and throw the whole thing away, spray and wipe it out, put down new newspaper and shavings and done.

    deb g
  3. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Songster

    May 5, 2011
    Western NC
    My Coop
    We clean ours out about twice a week - pine shavings get scooped up and put in a container and out to the compost bin. We do half the brooder at a time, giving the peeps a chance to feel ok about this. We have 22 chickens. That is a lot. About 16 more than we originally planned.[​IMG]
  4. ccar2000

    ccar2000 In the Brooder

    May 29, 2011
    Littlerock, CA
    I do it when I can't stand the smell:)! The bigger they get the more often they need a bedding change. How big is your brooder, how many chicks and how easy is it to clean? If it has a screened bottom that would be easier to do. I move my chicks into four different areas before introducing them into the main coop and run.
  5. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst In the Brooder

    Mar 14, 2010
    Piedmont Triad, NC
    Here is the brooder....
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    When they were younger, I cleaned the entire brooder once a week. I spot clean 20 times a day. Now their older(4 weeks-9 weeks) I clean the entire brooder every other day and I still spot clean 20 times a day. They are getting very messy. I use an extra large dog kennel.
    Last edited: May 29, 2011

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