Cedar Chips for my Brooder...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shogun99, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. Shogun99

    Shogun99 Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    Las Cruces, NM

    Is it ok to put Cedar chips in my brooder for the chicks? I have read somewhere that cedar is bad, but if that is true, what is best to use? I don't want to use newspaper. Thanks.

  2. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    NO!! Cedar is toxic to chickens.
    We use pine shavings.
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Cedar is bad and causes respiratory issues. Pine is the way to go
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    Corydon, Indiana
    NO CEDAR CHIPS. Paper towels for a few days, then shavings, pine. Or straw. Show us your chicks when you can!
  5. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    No! Do not use cedar...the oils are toxic to a chick plus they can inhale them. I line my brooder with 2 layers of paper towels and then put an old t-shirt or something in the corner for them to nestle on. Just toss when you are done!
  6. Shogun99

    Shogun99 Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    Las Cruces, NM
    Went to Petsmart and exchanged it for Pine. Thanks!
  7. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    Pine is good & then when done with it, toss it in your compost pile! [​IMG]
  8. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Never use cedar around any animal. Especially in smaller cages or tanks with little ventilation. Kiln dried pine is better than regular pine. Pine does contain the same toxins as cedar just in a lower amount. Kiln drying removes a lot of it.

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