1. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought cedar was a no-no? I'm reading a book, and the author uses cedar chips. Not an old book, either.
     
  2. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    Many people do use cedar chips. For the first while I used organic, non treated cedar chips but I found it stayed soggy and even molded. So, I'm going with sand with just a bit of pine shavings in the nest box.
     
  3. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I raised my chicks on cedar shavings, and fill my nestboxes with cedar shavings. In this hot, humid climate, I use everything I can to prevent bugs.

    My coop is entirely open, so ventilation isn't a problem. Chickens should always have good ventilation, no matter what bedding you use.

    No, cedar shavings aren't some kind of poison. I suppose it's conceivable that baby chicks could get too much cedar fumes, if kept tightly enclosed under hot lights. My chicks had plenty of ventilation, so I don't know.

    Heck, my chickens try to eat the shavings, when I change the nests! And they're not dead yet! [​IMG]
     

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