In the Brooder
- May 22, 2010
Can anyone out there tell me what they've found to be the best source for inexpensive pine shavings? Is there a "bulk" option out there other than buying the bagged stuff from walmart or the feed store? So far I've found walmart to be cheaper than Tractor supply, but if there is a way to get it cheaper, then YAY!
My big oops is that I bought cedar shavings for my chicks. I've been EXTREMELY lucky though and I haven't lost any--I didn't know until today when I was browsing the forum that they cause respiratory issues. My chicks are now almost 3 weeks old, and have only ever lived with cedar shavings in their brooder box.We just moved them out to the coop today (they still have a heat lamp) because they are just getting too big for the brooder. We put down 2 big bags of pine shavings in the coop, and the last 1/5 of a bag of cedar shavings from before. Then I read about the respiratory issues, and ran out and gathered up as much as I could out of the coop (they were on top, thankfully), and then mixed in what I couldn't get. We plan to get another bag of pine shavings to put on top of it all. Do you guys think that will be OK for them? I can still see a few flecks of the red from the remaining cedar shavings, but I think I got most of it. Thanks for all the help guys!
My big oops is that I bought cedar shavings for my chicks. I've been EXTREMELY lucky though and I haven't lost any--I didn't know until today when I was browsing the forum that they cause respiratory issues