are ceader shavingd OK?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by justtoni44, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
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    Hi,
    I have one month old chicks..Are ceader shaving O.K. for thier brooder?
    Thank You
     
  2. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

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    Definately not, cedar is bad for chicks as far as I have heard.

    Get pine shavings they work best [​IMG]
     
  3. 4HillsSumatras

    4HillsSumatras Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have used ceder for 5 years and never had a problem.One time we used pine and got mites one all our birds.I would use ceder.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Cedar will irritate their skin and lungs. Use pine if at all possible.
     
  5. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  6. nuts4hotwheels

    nuts4hotwheels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not use cedar for any small pet. The phenols in it, causes respiratory and liver problems.
     
  7. macmama

    macmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  8. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    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!
     
  9. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  10. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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