Are all wood shavings OK in coops?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by silverback, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. silverback

    silverback Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2010
    My husband is a woodworker and works with lots of different woods. Are there some shavings that are a) great for coops; b) OK for coops; c) toxic or very bad for coops?

    All input welcome, please!

  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    I've heard the Cedar is toxic, I never use it. Whenever I use shavings its always been pine and the birds love it.
  3. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    Quote:x's 2
  4. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    same as the other post i've only heard cedar as being toxic. But then again usually people can only purchase pine or cedar shavings so who knows.
  5. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    The oils in cedar can be toxic to the birds. I have also heard that black locust can be toxic.

    Pine is great.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    As people have mentioned, I wouldn't use cedar, due to the essential oils. Some of the specialty woods are toxic and woodworkers should protect themselves from the dust when using those. I wouldn't use any of those in the coop. There are lists on the internet for woodworkers. If he's not doing fancy decorative work, he may not be using any of those, anyway.
  7. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    NEVER use cedar it will kill every chicken you have..........only use pine
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You might want to research this to see if you can use your own shavings. Some people do use some cedar without a problem, depending how odorous it is and how well ventilated the area is. Pine also gives off some fumes which aren't good, as do some other woods.

    In terms of ventilation, I essentially have a 3 sided coop; very breezy. My chickens are LF and full size; no chicks at present. I happened to acquire a few bags of someone's unused cedar shavings, and am using them in small quantities, mixed in with pine and some hay. They have almost no cedar odor. I do know there are different types of cedar, and that's really all I know about the subject.

    I would not use cedar in an indoor brooder, though.
  9. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Since we're new to keeping cluckers OldGal and I are trying an experiment. We bought some cedar litter and spread a little on the ground in the open run. Maybe it'll keep some of the pests away?? [​IMG]
  10. 2isgreen

    2isgreen Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 14, 2011
    It depends on the types of wood he's working with. Most domestic hardwoods like maple, ash, cherry, poplar pose no health risks. Many topical woods like mahogany, Ipe, blood wood, and paduk have very toxic qualities. If collecting the chips and shavings with a shop vac it is very easy to contaminate a fresh batch of harmless wood with a small amount of residual dust from a dangerous wood.

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