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Can cedar be used for adult chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JoJo 95, May 21, 2010.

  1. JoJo 95

    JoJo 95 Songster

    Mar 15, 2009
    I have 2 bags of cedar chips that I bought for my mouse. However, Cedar can't be used as mouse bedding so I need something to do with them.
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    There are plenty of people, including commercial broiler (meat chicken) growers, who use cedar bedding without problems. OTOH it is probably possible for it to cause problems sometimes. So, it's sort of your decision. A major factor is how well-ventilated the coop is. If it is very open-air, cedar is pretty unlikely to be any sort of problem; whereas if it is more closed with just a window or a couple small vents, the risk of problems is presumably higher.

    If you want to use it but are leery, you could always mix it with pine shavings, so you don't have ALL cedar in the coop.

    Cedar makes good garden mulch, too.

    Good luck, have fun,

  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    My idea exactly, mix it with pine shavings to make it smell better, but don't use them straight.

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