are ceader shavingd OK?

justtoni44

Songster
9 Years
Mar 13, 2010
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oregon
Hi,
I have one month old chicks..Are ceader shaving O.K. for thier brooder?
Thank You
 

LarryPQ

Easter Hatch!!
10 Years
Jul 17, 2009
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Cedar will irritate their skin and lungs. Use pine if at all possible.
 

jaj121159

Songster
9 Years
May 27, 2010
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Northeast Nebraska
I have a lot of dead trees on my property - hence a lot of possible chips. These are mostly mulberry, ash and cottonwood. Do you think these species as wood chips would work?
 

macmama

Songster
9 Years
Apr 9, 2010
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Gilbert AZ
Cedar is good for keeping mites and other pests away... it's okay as long as you mix it with mostly pine/other shavings. I wouldn't use ONLY cedar, though lots of people do and don't have a problem.
 

SilverPhoenix

Bantam Fanatic
10 Years
Dec 15, 2009
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Penn Valley, CA
I've heard horror stories about using cedar, I would steer clear. Pine works great, though, I've used it for eleven years raising chicks and never had a problem!
 

felidaet

Songster
11 Years
Dec 10, 2008
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Vancouver, Wa.
I personally would stay away from cedar based on all the stories and information I have read. Rather than pine shavings though, I recommend pine bedding pellets. They are available at most feed stores. I like them MUCH better for the brooder than pine shavings. I do still use pine shavings in the coop.
 

6chickens in St. Charles

Songster
10 Years
Mar 25, 2009
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St. Charles, IL
No, cedar really hurt our little silkie hen. She got all better just by changing the litter to pine after a few day's break just on newspaper. We also washed her (she really liked that). Once the cedar was gone, so was her cough and diarrhea.

One of our sons has asthma, we noticed he didn't need his inhaler much after the cedar was gone, too. I wouldn't recommend cedar. I love the smell, but it seems to give people and pets too much trouble.
 

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