Cedar Shavings to Mix with Pine?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by High Mountain Chic, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. High Mountain Chic

    High Mountain Chic Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey Everyone!

    Well my chicks are about 5 weeks old now and due to recent blizzard are still in the brooder in the house. They don't smell that bad, but I was wondering if I can mix some cedar shavings into the pine shavings to help with the aroma a little bit. I am looking forward to getting the girls outside, but with the recent weather we have been having in the Rockies it might be a while. Plus I have friends flying in from the big city of San Fran and would like my house to smell a little fresher. Thanks you guys!
     
  2. serendipity22

    serendipity22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NO NO NO

    No Cedar Shavings. They give of a toxin that damages chickens lungs.
     
  3. High Mountain Chic

    High Mountain Chic Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh Okay!

    Thanks for the speedy response! I will stay away from the cedar. Any suggestions on what I might be able to use?
     
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Ive heard of people mixing a small amout of cedar in, without any harm. Ive used it before without any problems, but always in a well vented area.
     
  5. Kimiko

    Kimiko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cedar fumes can be deadly--why take the risk?

    There are odor neutralizers available or you can scoop the shavings or change them right before the guests come.

    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/product/odor_eliminator.html

    I have a HEPA filter set up in front of my brooders which seems to work well.
     
  6. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you do a search on here for "cedar shavings" or even me as the Author, you will find a plethora of discussion on the topic.

    I do it all time and have NEVER had a problem.

    God Bless,
     
  7. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    What about baking soda? Can we put a sprinkle of that in with the shavings - I do that with my cat's litter box - it helps, a little.
     
  8. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    In a coop maybe although I absolutely would never do it. In a brooder no way. There isn't enough ventilation and the volatile oils will build leading to potential respiratory illness or even organ damage.

    Baking soda is slightly safer but I had several small mammals like gerbils develop respiratory issues breathing in baking soda. I also avoid beddings with baking soda now.
     
  9. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
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    i would NEVER use cedar! NO NO NO!

    you can use regular leaves from any tree, or cut lawn grass dry or green. hmm, lets see.. i hear of people using sand and scooping the poop out with a fine litter scoop (new or course)

    i also use fire weed but im not sure it grows anywhere in the states...
     
  10. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In a pinch I have used shredded newspaper with no problems, just make sure to confetti cut it so their little legs don't get tangled in it
     

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