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I have read that many people here recommend course untreated pine or aspen shavings for the brooder box, but we do not have that easily available here.

I am currently using unscented, unbleached, paper pet bedding in the nest box but will be getting ready to move my green cheek conure babies to the brooder in a few days (1st hatched is 2 weeks today).

I am using an aquarium with a heating pad/blankets.

I have seen a few posts suggest just using newspaper and paper towels, but I am concerned that might risk splay leg.

Will the paper bedding cause any harm that I am not considering and if so what else would you recommend not being able to find the course pine shavings?

Also, I am reading a bunch of back and forth as to if it is necessary to add extra humidity to the brooder, any advice on this would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

PS: After they move to the brooder I will have a better chance for providing pictures for everyone if I can figure out how to add them.
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Re: Brooder Bedding

I have no experience with brooding, with hope this bump will catch the attention of one of our Breeders.
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Re: Brooder Bedding

What kind of brand of paper bedding are you using?
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Re: Brooder Bedding

I am using a brand called "All Things Living".
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Re: Brooder Bedding

I've used the paper bedding before, the "Carefresh", and it's been fine. As long as you have something in the bottom besides flat newspaper or paper, as that's what will develop splayed-legs. You need some type of bedding to help to keep their legs together. "All Living Things" is Petsmart's in-house brand, so as long as the bedding you're using is free of dyes/chemicals like the "Carefresh" is, it should be fine.
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Re: Brooder Bedding

another option for when the babies are very tiny is to use small cups with papertowels in them and make a small "nest" to place the baby inside of and keep upright...it would position the legs together until they are bigger.. all depends on how many babies and how young you put them in the brooder.
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Re: Brooder Bedding

I get my course shavings on amazon in bulk. Some breeders use aspen as well. Iíve used paper bedding and honestly did not enjoy the experience but I donít think there was anything inherently dangerous about the experience.


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