Can I use cedar chips in my coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Songster

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    Well I got the chips for the winter. Any medical concerns, or are the chips fine? [​IMG]
    Thanks
     

  2. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Songster

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    No.
     
  3. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Songster

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    Are you useing just cedar? I use pine shavings and cedar and I use mostly pine with a little cedar mixed in.
     
  4. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

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    Just ceader. [​IMG]
     

  5. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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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....
     
  6. Duramaxgirl

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    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 :

    Just ceader. [​IMG]

    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.​
     
  7. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

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    My cooop is only like a 4 by 8 with the over hang. One bag filled it, and my playhouse brooder. [​IMG]
     

  8. Duramaxgirl

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    I have 12x8 coops. But let us know how the cedar works out for you. [​IMG]
     
  9. RattlesnakeRidgeWV

    RattlesnakeRidgeWV Songster 7 Years

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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.
     

  10. Quote:X2. I use a very small amount on the bottom and pine on top of that.

    Using just 100% cedar...absolutely not. It will irritate their respiratory system causing a build up of mucus which will then get infected and usually causes pneumonia resulting in fatality.
     

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