Bedding in brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by awhitfield627, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. awhitfield627

    awhitfield627 Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2010
    Burlington, NC
    I have 15 chicks that are about 3 weeks old. I have read that you are not supposed to use cedar chips for bedding because it is toxic. Is this true????
  2. MyShunshyn

    MyShunshyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2011
    Sperrassoville, OK
    Hi, I am a newbie too and have read several posts on this subject. Cedar is a definate NO NO. I was thinking about using Pine shavings but then I read a few posts about using sand in the brooder and have decided to do that. Easier to clean, stays warmer, and I am planning to use sand in the coop too.

    Interested to hear what others think:idunno
  3. Wildflower_VA

    Wildflower_VA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, cedar chips are toxic. I have also read from an author with degrees in pharmacy, animal science, etc. that pine shavings are less so, but still toxic, so I used aspen bedding. I know lots of people still use pine shavings, but cedar bedding is a real no-no.

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