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I've read that you can use sawdust instead of shavings on the floor.  I have an abundant free supply of sawdust.  If I am doing the deep litter thing, can I use sawdust and shavings mixed?  I'm assuming that sawdust is a bad idea for the babies, but once my chicks are grown and out in the coop is it doable?
thanks,
CG

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post #2 of 8

Don't know how to answer your question, but I am sure someone will be along soon who does. smile

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Thanks!  I hope so!
CG

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post #4 of 8

im no exspert but i would think ya could use it. the stuff i use has so much dust in it anyway.i mean they roll and dust in the dirt so what could it hurt. jmo

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post #5 of 8

I am assuming the sawdust is from non treated wood?! Always have to ask. I do woodworking as well and have loads of dust and shavings in a shop vac. I just need to run a magnet thru it to collect any staples or nails i've accidentally collected.

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No, it's not treated.  Just plain ol' regular white pine sawdust.  I would have to sift it to get out the random nail and screw, but other than that it seems pretty clean.

Thanks for the help all!  Merry Christmas!
CG

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post #7 of 8

Sawdust can get into the lungs and cause respiratory problems.

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post #8 of 8

Hi Citygirl,

Just don't use it for little chicks. The older birds will be fine with it. If you're looking to do the deep litter method I would definitely mix shavings with it. The sawdust alone will compact too much.

HTH,

Donna

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