When to put new chicks on shavings?

KiereeAngel86

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Mar 14, 2009
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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
 

Hens_And_Chicks

Songster
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Feb 23, 2009
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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.
 

Hens_And_Chicks

Songster
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Feb 23, 2009
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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.
 

Hens_And_Chicks

Songster
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Feb 23, 2009
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Ohio
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)
 

hinkjc

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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.
 

Judy

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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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