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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jrward, Mar 4, 2012.
I have been told that I should avoid using cedar chips as bedding. Is this true?
It is not a good idea to use cedar chips when you have small chicks because it causes them to have leg problems. I have a flock of about sixty and i use cedar and pine in the floor of their house.
I raised my chicks on cedar shavings (with plenty of ventilation). Used paper towels on top the first couple of days, until they could walk well enough not to trip.
I use cedar shavings in the nest boxes and broody boxes. Wouldn't advise using it in a closed, heated brooder, but I've had no problems in an unheated, airy coop.
cedar shavings have an oil in the wood that is poison to chickens and some other small animals. use aspen or softwood shavings