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Having read about how bad it is to put cedar shavings in with your chickens, I'm a bit gun-shy.  I sent the husband to the feedstore and he brought home something I'm not sure of.  It doesn't say exactly what the wood shavings are.  I went to the company's web site and it says they are Douglas fir and Hemlock.  Is this ok to use, or should I sweep it out and go get something that says "pine"?  hmm  Thanks.

post #2 of 8

Douglas fir and Hemlock are forms of pine trees.


Edited by ridgefire - 3/1/08 at 2:04pm
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5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
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post #3 of 8

You should be fine. Like ridgefire said they are a form of a pinetree so they should not cause the problems that cedar does.

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post #4 of 8

Cedar shavings will have a distinctive sweet aroma, quite unlike pine. They will also be darker in colour.

They are very easy to tell apart, especially if you have both types, to compare.

Hope this helps

post #5 of 8

You're fine. The hemlock tree is not the same thing as a poisonous hemlock shrub plant, aka water hemlock.
Brian

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Black Australorps, Rhode Island Reds, Ameracaunas, Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Golden Laced Wyandottes, Partridge Cochins, Red Breasted Black OEG bantams, Crele, and Blue Silkie. Add to that one dobie and one papillon-poodle mix.

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post #6 of 8

The best to get is aspen as it doesn't have any oils in it.. Think it might be a little more costly.. I know for small caged pets (hamsters, rats, guinea pigs) cedar is the worst and pine is kind of in between the two.. Pine shouldn't be bad for chickens though since they're not in as a confined space as a pet in a cage..

post #7 of 8

Because of the slowdown in building right now hmm , sawdust and shavings are not as abundant as they previously were.  The cost is going up. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming year.

Carla

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Originally Posted by CarlaRiggs 

Because of the slowdown in building right now hmm , sawdust and shavings are not as abundant as they previously were.  The cost is going up. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming year.

Carla


The other thing that is raising the prices and cause a bit of the shavings shortage is, these companies are now selling there waste to pellet manufacturers to make into wood pellets for stoves.

I know that's how I heat my house.

5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
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5 Buff Orpingtons, 3 White leghorns, 1 White leg horn Roo RIP , 2 Mallard hens, 1 Pekin duck, 3 EE, 3 silver laced wyandottes.

When I started all this I only wanted a couple of hens.......Then I met BYC
Had to update my chicken count, been a long time since I did. Lost bunch to a midnight raid
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