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Can chickens use Aspen bedding?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Scooter&Suzie, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Songster

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    I have a bag of aspen bedding left over from my rats. It is almost full, so I hate to not be able to use it. Would it be alright to use for my chickens? I wouldn't buy anymore, because it costs $10 for a bag of aspen, and only 5 for pine.

    I just don't want to use anything that would be toxic.
     

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

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    Sure. Any of them can be a bit irritating, including pine -- see how strong the odor is. Maybe let it air out a bit. I used two leftover bags of cedar bedding -- on mature chickens, in small quantities mixed in with other stuff, in a very airish coop. Now I wouldn't put pure cedar in a Tupperware tote with baby chicks, granted -- but I think you can use a little common sense and be safe.
     
  3. Scooter&Suzie

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    Okay thanks! I'll just mix it in with the pine bedding.
     
  4. trooper

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    [​IMG][​IMG] When I first got my chickens a few years ago I used aspen in my coop and it didn't hurt them at.After I realized the price difference I decided to go to the course pine shavings.I have had no problems with either one.[​IMG]
     

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