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When to put chicke on pine bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by slystr, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. slystr

    slystr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are 6 days old. At what point can I use pine bedding instead of the newspaper & chop towels I am currently using?
    Thanks!
     
  2. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    You should be able to go ahead and put them on the shavings. We usually just keep them on paper a couple days.
     
  3. slystr

    slystr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    slystr, the peeps will enjoy the pine shavings as you prolly already know. I don't skimp on them, which reduces odor and makes the application last longer.

    bigzio
     
  5. slystr

    slystr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it ok for them to peck at the shavings? will they figure out it's not food? They seem to have the scratching thing down, but they seem to eat the pine shavings.
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They'll learn that they don't taste good and stop eating them. A bit of chick grit would help them pass the shavings but I haven't found that to be necessary with my birds and they are just fine.
     

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