When to put new chicks on shavings?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KiereeAngel86, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. KiereeAngel86

    KiereeAngel86 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have heard that shavings can be dangerous to new chicks. Does anyone know about what age it is safe to put them on shavings. My little ones are 4 days old today.
    thanks:D
     
  2. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always put my newly hatched chicks on shavings - this time I found a dustless pine shaving - they do just fine.

    I've never had a problem.
     
  3. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never. Get a bag of Pine Horse Bedding Pellets, and use them instead. I put my chicks on them from day one.
     
  4. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Why do you say this? I looked at a pellet bedding but chose not to use it - I was concerned the chicks would peck/eat them.

    I need to understand your perspective. My chicks have never had a problem.
     
  5. sugarbush

    sugarbush Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day one is fine.....
     
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    Shavings wont hurt them at all (suposedly cedar shavings are a no no). Mine have pine shavings in the brooder with them now.
     
  7. KiereeAngel86

    KiereeAngel86 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the replies everyone.
     
  8. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All the information I have ever heard is that chickens should never be bedded on hardwood shavings at all - it's deadly (what I've heard and not willing to take a chance)

    Pine shavings or pine pellets (I would use those in my coop for sure)
     
  9. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    We keep the shavings covered with paper towel for about a week. By then they realize what their food is and I don't have problems after that. I had a big hatch one time and tried to skip the paper towel step. A bunch of the babies were eating the shavings and choking on them. That's why I always give them a week on paper towel first, to learn what food is.
     
  10. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I used paper towels for 3 or 4 days before I put the pine shavings in. Our TSC put them on pine shavings from day one. When I saw them again at around day 7, many had pine shavings in their poop which was stuck to their butts.
     

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