Can I use cedar chips in my coop?

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Well I got the chips for the winter. Any medical concerns, or are the chips fine?
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stoopid

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You really shouldn't.
The cedar has an aromatic oil in it that will irritate their respiratory system.
Just like it keeps away the moths....
 

Duramaxgirl

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Just ceader.
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oh well I wouldn't use just cedar but maybe you could purchase some pine shavings to mix in. I haven't ever had a problem with small amounts of cedar in my coop. Never had a respiratory problem useing it either. I usually use 3 bags of pine shavings to half to 1 bag of cedar shavings.​
 

RattlesnakeRidgeWV

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Quote:
oh well I wouldn't use just cedar but maybe you could purchase some pine shavings to mix in. I haven't ever had a problem with small amounts of cedar in my coop. Never had a respiratory problem useing it either. I usually use 3 bags of pine shavings to half to 1 bag of cedar shavings.

I mix 3 parts pine to 1 part cedar and have never had a problem. It smells better and apparently keeps bugs away. No problem with them either.
 

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