So I have be told that for chicks it is a good idea to put a layer of paper towels on top of the pine shavings so that they don't eat the pine shavings. When do u guys think they will be old enuff to remove the paper towels?
I never did right from the start. My chicks found there food and water in 2 seconds. Show each one where the food and water is and they are good to go. They all follow each other usually. When one eats the rest of them eat....
I used to use the puppy training pads in the bottom of our brooder. I loved those. If their feet got wet from the water, the pads absorbed it so they wouldn't be walking around in wet bedding. We changed the pad 3 times a day. However shavings are good. I am doing that this year. I figured its cheaper to go with the shavings, my dad brought up all of his chicks on shavings.
I use paper towels on shavings for when they just hatched. In four days it's mostly torn up. In seven days I'm due for a cleaning and have never added more paper towels.
Reason I use it in the fist place is for a more level footing when they are so fragile at hatch and to keep the water clean as it sits right on the bedding. Once I clean the brooder the first time I place the water fountain on a block of wood to elevate it some in attempt to keep clean. The chicks have grown quite a bit in that first week, are very agile and active then, and the brooder is in need of a cleaning.