cedar shavings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by zippychickens, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. zippychickens

    zippychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my niece would like to know if cedar shavings are harmful not only to chicks but also to adult chickens?
    Thanks for a speedy response.
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I can't specifically answer that, but I don't use cedar at all, at any age. Not worth the risk- I think it also depends upon the level of ventilation.
     
  3. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. zippychickens

    zippychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you
     
  5. chixie

    chixie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I refuse to use it for any animal
     
  6. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use it. No problems.
     
  7. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest doing a search on BYC for "cedar shavings" there are a couple of other fairly lengthy threads on the topic that dispute every single one of those conclusions for the "ratfanclub" type studies with regards to chickens. I have commented on this numerous times so you can also include me as the Author in your search and you may find them faster.

    Bottom-line: It don't hurt the birds. If ever there was any doubt, I just put 25 or so chicks in a 4x8x4' enclosed wooden chick house with all but very little ventilation to keep them warm with one heatlamp. I used about 3-4" of 100% cedar shavings on the flooring. My chicks have experienced NO problems.

    God Bless,
     
  8. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    I understand that the sap in cedar is suppossed to be irritating. DEFINATELY do not use anything containing black walnut! It is toxic to most animals, including horses. I can't imagine that commercial shavings today contain walnut, but if you get your bedding from a local source, be sure you know what's in it! Good luck!
     

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