Cedar will Kill?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by waypastdawn, May 12, 2007.

  1. waypastdawn

    waypastdawn New Egg

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    Hi,
    I have not posted but have enjoyed and learned a bunch about my new "kids". I read on another post that cedar shavings will kill my chickens? Mine have had cedar shavings on the floor of their coop since they moved in a month ago. They seem to be doing great. What gives?
    Thanks.
    Dawn
     
  2. Unbridled

    Unbridled Out Of The Brooder

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    its because the oil from the cedar can cause Respitory Distress
     
  3. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    That's true about respiratory distress. Cedar also harms the liver. In a well-ventilated coop, a little cedar mixed in with pine shavings will be less toxic than using cedar shavings alone.
    Stephanie
     
  4. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The effects are cumulative. So you may not notice anything immediately. Kiln dried shavings are safer but still not suggested as a primary bedding source.
     

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