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cedar shavings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mtnhomechick, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    I have almost a full bag of cedar shavings........can I put them in the coup? Thought I read somewhere here that I should only use pine.

    Thanks
     
  2. The cedar shavings are very fumey, and can cause chickens to get watery eyes, etc.
     
  3. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master 11 Years

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    Do not add very much. I have added cedar to mine before, but ratio of 2 bags pine to 1/2 bag of cedar. Still smelled nice and no ill effects.
     
  4. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Quote:I would be adding it to straw.........just to get rid of it. Would that work?
     
  5. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master 11 Years

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    I suppose, not sure, I never used straw ever, it promotes mites and lice in birds and doesnt absorb moisture as well.
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    As long as it's well ventilated and you can't smell it strongly at chicken level it should be fine. In brooders and enclosed spaces where the phenols can build up can lead to respiratory problems.
     
  7. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Minnesota
    Thats what I have heard too, its not great for enclosed areas because of the fumes. But I think, as others stated, in a ventilated area and mixed in with something, it should work alright.
     

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