I've been told NOT to use Carefresh, that since it's paper the cellulose will expand in their guts and cause damage and/or death. So I've been using pine this whole time.
Edited by zumzumfoxy - 9/15/11 at 2:29pm
I just was told to use cedar for a while due to having found that they've got lice. I haven't sprayed the girls with Permethrin 10% yet since they seem to be doing just fine (and I'm nervous about using the stuff!). I usually have the fan or AC on in here except overnight. Will the cedar hurt them? I bought 2 bags' worth of Kennel Care cedar bedding and it's a loooong drive north just to make an $8 refund and back down again. I was told the cedar will prevent the bugs from doing anything.
Thanks! I'm really worried about this.I've never used cedar for my small animals growing up and knew it was bad for them but thought it'd be fine for chickens since other poultry people told me this was okay for them.
As a side note, I clean the coop out every other day since they poop a ton, and I've just added pine shavings on top of it (the store tractor kind- very little scent). The coop itself has a chicken-wire (the plastic stuff) front and tall open 'windows' with the stuff on it on the left side and on the right side, so it's got good enough ventilation.