Why do I need bedding for chicks

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

  1. yelim

    yelim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    Plant City, Florida
    And how much bedding for 4 to 5 week old chicks?
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    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 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2010
    South Portland
    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

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2010
    i use hay
  5. sheilawagner

    sheilawagner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2010
    Pacific NorthWest
    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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