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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No.
     
  3. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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