cedar or pine shavings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jphendrix, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. jphendrix

    jphendrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 new baby chicks I bought from TSC Valentines day, and I heard the the cedar shavings are bad for them. Is this true? I had to use some of mamas bedding which is cedar shavings, because I forgot to get some when we got the chicks.
     
  2. thasista

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine, not cedar. I have never personally tried it, but I'd rather not risk my chicks.
     
  3. rachlore

    rachlore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree- pine. Chicks are worth the trouble.
     
  4. Debs55

    Debs55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cedar is bad for chicks because the fumes irritate their lungs. Go for pine or even shredded paper or something if you don't have access to pine
     
  5. jphendrix

    jphendrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all! I bought one of those big bags of pine shavings and am gonna clean out the brooder in a few. I just wanted to make sure that what I heard was true! Thank you!
     
  6. Debs55

    Debs55 Chillin' With My Peeps


    Good luck with your new babies! Can we expect some pics of them in their nice clean brooder?
     
  7. jphendrix

    jphendrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! They are so cute! sure thing! I will get some pics of them really soon!
     
  8. jphendrix

    jphendrix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's some photos of my brooder cleaned out!!!! Fresh pine shavings! No cedar!

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  9. Debs55

    Debs55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aw how cute
     
  10. TattooedKeeper3

    TattooedKeeper3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have pine shavings in with my chicks and ducklings. They all seem like they are doing well, bouncy and active. I did throw in a bag of cedar shaving in with my adult hens to mix in with the hay. The coops are side by side. Each coop is 6 feet by 6 feet by 6 feet in height. The back wall is part of a wood fence we already had up and the other 3 sides are chicken wire. I put tarps up when they need a bit more protection from the elements. We live in Texas so we wanted to make sure that for the hot months, which are most of the year here, they had plenty of ventilation and wind could reach them.

    Would the Cedar shavings mixed in with the hay for the adult hens be okay in that sort of coop? They are really only in there to sleep, other than that they roam the chicken yard.
     

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