Cedar Shavings?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LunaMarieWolf, May 26, 2019.

  1. LunaMarieWolf

    LunaMarieWolf Chirping

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    Hey everyone! My Uncles run a saw mill and have buttloads of cedar shavings that they let the family use for free!

    I was wondering if I could use them in the chicken coop/run or under my wire rabbit cages??

    If it helps the chicken coop and run is a basic dirt floor. So is the flooring of where I am keeping my rabbit cages.
     
  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Cedar oil is toxic to chickens. I would not use it.
     
  3. MagpieDucks

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    Agreed.
     
  4. LunaMarieWolf

    LunaMarieWolf Chirping

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    Okay. What about my rabbits?
     
  5. MagpieDucks

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    Same situation.
     
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    I believe that fresh cedar off gassed an irritant, not a toxin. I would and have used older shavings in a in well ventilated area.
     
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  8. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    The primary issue with cedar shavings (versus let's say chunks or boards or posts) is the high amount of exposed surface area which means more aromatic oils are released. Also I have to imagine these shavings are very fresh. Maybe if they're aged very well it'd be ok to use a little of it mixed with other woods or other plant products in an open air coop or run, but I would be wary of using it in large quantities.

    I definitely would not use it on rabbits or other small rodents.
     
  9. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    Agree with others, I use horse bedding from TSC.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    What kind of cedar?
    Not all cedar is the aromatic kind.
    Using it in a run would probably not be an issue.
     

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