And... I just put cedar chips in my coop...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by angie3881, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. angie3881

    angie3881 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last night I went to the store and decided to splurge on cedar wood chips instead of the usual pine I put down. I love the smell and have used them on a couple other ocassions. Now I am seeing on here that they are bad and toxic!

    Does anyone else use cedar? What if only use it once or twice a year? I probably won't ever use them again, but I really had no idea!

    I swear!! I cannot win!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I think, as long as you're chickens are not chicks, you will probably be OK, but I never use them because of the toxic oils in them....I think the baby chicks are vulnerable, but the adults will be OK.

    ( I know, they smell great!)
     
  3. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wish I could use cedar but I have been told by every single person I have talked to not to do it. The oils in it are toxic. I have no idea if adults are immune to it or not but I'm not taking the chance and finding out the hard way.
     
  4. angie3881

    angie3881 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Of course I have 5 babies in there! [​IMG] Crap! [​IMG] I do not have the cedar in the nesting boxes... just on the ground. They sleep in a nesting box with a broody hen.
     
  5. OkieCluck

    OkieCluck Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't mean to hijack the thread, but a buddy of mine just brought me a huge bag of Black Walnut shavings. He's building a dining room table and thought I might use the shavings. Does anyone know if Black Walnut is safe to use in a coop or nesting box? Thanks!
     
  6. OkieCluck

    OkieCluck Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't mean to hijack the thread, but a buddy of mine just brought me a huge bag of Black Walnut shavings. He's building a dining room table and thought I might use the shavings. Does anyone know if Black Walnut is safe to use in a coop or nesting box? Thanks!

    Sorry about that post, I did a search and found some results. I think I'll skip the walnut!​
     
  7. angie3881

    angie3881 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Sorry about that post, I did a search and found some results. I think I'll skip the walnut!

    At least you checked before using. I just willy nilly threw in cedar because I like the smell. Oops!![​IMG]
     
  8. OkieCluck

    OkieCluck Out Of The Brooder

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    At least you checked before using. I just willy nilly threw in cedar because I like the smell. Oops!!th

    Well, actually your post made me check. [​IMG] I'd just told the wife this morning that it should be fine as I'd only heard of cedar causing a problem before.​
     
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  9. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:Sorry about that post, I did a search and found some results. I think I'll skip the walnut!

    I know walnut shavings can really make horses ill......Good decision...Ya never know.....
     

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