Which is the best bedding to use for my baby chicks??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickitty, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Katieasaur

    Katieasaur Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2012
    I'm using the puppy housetraining pads and i love it cuz i can change them and have it clean and no smell instantly
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  2. Squawkbox

    Squawkbox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 25, 2011
  3. featheredroots

    featheredroots Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2011
    Madisonville, KY
    I love sand in the coop, but found it was too heavy in the brooder, for me to carry and dump. I used Swheat Scoop cat litter last year, and am using it again this year, it's really absorbent and I can scoop it just like a litter box. Plus it's super light so I can carry the box out myself and dump it when it needs to be cleaned.
  4. Wolfhound

    Wolfhound Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 6, 2012
    Featheredroots, that's an interesting idea. Do the chicks eat the Swheat Scoop at all?
  5. NewChickHere

    NewChickHere Chillin' With My Peeps

    I too wondered about the chicks eating the litter and if it would be ok? I would imagine they would eat it because they eat everything like that, but maybe it is ok to eat. And is there a smell like a deodorizer of some sort? I think it would work wonderfully, just curious about those 2 things. Thanks. Kim
  6. Eznet2u

    Eznet2u Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    First batch we used Paper Towels. That gets expensive. After 2-3 days switched to sand. Second batch of Chicks got sand from day 1.

    I won't ever use anything else. :)

    (Just regular play sand from Lowe's.)
  7. NewChickHere

    NewChickHere Chillin' With My Peeps

    May I ask how often you change out ALL of it? I'm thinking the bags would be an expensive way to do it but not if you don't change it out much. Do you just add sand as needed? And how long have you been using sand? I think sand just looks WAY better myself but am still in the deciding mode. I appreciate any ideas. :)
  8. Shane17

    Shane17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2012
    I have mine just on pine shavings from tsc. no paper on the shavings and there doing fine. I have a friend that using the sand method and he likes it. No need to worry about the cost of sand. I would think maybe 2 bags would be sufficient to last 4-6 weeks or less of brooder time![​IMG]
  9. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    I prefer pine bedding pellets over pine shavings. I have used both and will use pellets from now on. I have not tried sand.
  10. Nslangton

    Nslangton Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2012
    thanks ill check that out now

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