Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fushalilly, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Songster

    Mar 9, 2008
    Rhode Island
    Should I use cedar or pine shavings in the coop?
    Also, what should I put UNDER the shavings in the coop to discourage mites and ucky smells?
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Never cedar. Causes respiratory distress if you use it in large quantities. I only put a handful under the straw in the nests to discourage bugs, but use pine everywhere else.
  3. BaronRenfrew

    BaronRenfrew Songster

    Cedar is poisonous to birds. Use the pine.
  4. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    the saw dust we get has a little bit of ceder in it. Is that a bad thing? The guy is cutting a house out of cedar logs for himself and will do a couple of logs between other trees. Crystal
  5. fallenweeble

    fallenweeble Songster

    Dec 4, 2007
    you can put food grade DE (diatomaceous earth) under the PINE shavings (not cedar) to help discourage bugs from taking up residence in your coop. but get the kind that people use for gardening NOT FOR POOLS - the pool kind is heat treated and is dangerous to your chickens. DE is not a poison, the food grade DE is not harmful unless you breath in a bunch of it (like any sort of powdered substance) so make sure if you use it that you don't put your face into the bag and take a deep breath! ha ha.
    regarding the cedar issue:
    i would say it depends on how much cedar gets into your pine shavings (regarding the question about your source and how much is too much). i'd be careful at any rate. cedar has oils in it that can cause breathing/lung trouble for all manner of critters.
    also, and i don't know how big your coop is and thus how economical it would be, but there are different kinds of powders and sprays (chemical insecticides) made for birds and poultry to treat mites (but only use those deemed safe for birds!). you could research those and maybe use them to treat the corners/crevices etc if you feel comfortable with them.
    good luck!

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