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Old 04-04-2012, 06:28 PM   #11
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Re: Inexpensive chick litter?

I have heard that as well about shavings, but everyone we know uses shavings with chicks without incident. None of ours ate it... Well, maybe they did, but no one died.

You'll know when it is time to put them out. LOL I kept ours in for a while and then one day, it was BAM- Get these chicks out of my sunroom!!!! Just suddenly they were all adolescent hens and not as fluffy cute and they STUNK. Yeah, you'll know.

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Old 04-04-2012, 06:37 PM   #12
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mine seem to like kicking it but they aren't eating it. I've changed the water feeder about six times already today.
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mine seem to like kicking it but they aren't eating it. I've changed the water feeder about six times already today.


Try putting the water container up on a platform. We have used a board before. In a pinch, even a casserole dish flipped upside down works.

They quickly figure out how to hop up and get a drink as it isn't all that high. Make it just high enough so that they aren't able to easily fill it up with shavings.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:00 AM   #14
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Re: Inexpensive chick litter?

good idea, will try that tomorrow when I can scout out a small enough dish! I think I have a plant drip tray that would work outside....
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:25 PM   #15
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I'm using paper towels, its not slippery like newspaper. I've heard shavings are way messy and get in the food and water. I clean the area daily and its so easy. I have 12 chicks and 1 super size roll lasts 4-5 days.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:30 PM   #16
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Re: Inexpensive chick litter?

Well I'd try paper towels, but then what would they entertain themselves with? LOL Their current "thing" is to scratch around till they find the "biggest" shaving and then take turns teasing each other with it.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:07 PM   #17
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You can throw a worm in or we got a chick stick that they peck at and eat. It's treat food mixed with some softer food and it hangs in the cage. We got it at a supply store for $5.99. It lasted us 4 days but we have 12 chicks. My kids find worms outside and put them in, they run around chasing each other like crazy, my kids cant quit laughing. This is our first time with chicks too, its demanding but so fun
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Re: Inexpensive chick litter?

We use pine shavings and haven't lost any to eating them. Also I think that the scratching of the pine chips prepares them for scratching outside. We have a lot of crickets here so we catch them and feed them to the chickens and they love that also.
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Re: Inexpensive chick litter?

One year I used strips from the paper shredder. It tended to clump, but it was cheap/free!
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