Why do I need bedding for chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yelim, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. yelim

    yelim Songster

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    And how much bedding for 4 to 5 week old chicks?
     

  2. PunkinPeep

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    The reason i use bedding is that i keeps them from walking around in their own feces as much, and it keeps the stink down - which is the same reason i use bedding for full grown chickens. As to chicks, it also makes so they have a nice place to lay down and rest, instead of just hard wood or plastic.

    How much bedding? I guess it depends on your facilities. If they're still in a brooder, i guess an inch or so on the bottom. There's no hard and fast rule. Just enough to cover the bottom and add a little padding.

    Does that help at all?
     
  3. gstone

    gstone In the Brooder

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    From what I understand 3 inches or so of pine bedding should do. They need that to walk on (as opposed to flat newspaper) so that their feet form properly as they grow. [​IMG]
     
  4. nicoletm24

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    i use hay
     
  5. sheilawagner

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    I divide my brooder into 2 sections. One side for sleeping, and one side for feeding.

    On the sleeping perches side of the brooder, I use pine shavings as the floor litter, on the food and water feeder side, I use straw, so that they stop kicking all the shavings into the feeders. It makes it much more hygienic and I don't have to keep shaking the shavings out or change the feeder every 2 hours.
     

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