cedar chips?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jrward, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. jrward

    jrward Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been told that I should avoid using cedar chips as bedding. Is this true?
     
  2. matthew vass

    matthew vass New Egg

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    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.
     
  3. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    cedar shavings have an oil in the wood that is poison to chickens and some other small animals. use aspen or softwood shavings
     

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