Cherry sawdust/shavings, OK to use?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hoofer, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Hoofer

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    My DH has been planing some cherry boards for shelves he is building. Consequently we have quite a bit of shavings, is it okay to use these for bedding in my coop?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

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    It will be fins as long as it's from dry boards and not fresh cut trees
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

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    Cherry can be toxic. Livestock can die from chewing on the trees. I don't know if it's mainly just the bark that's been injured, or if some of it can be in the wood, too. It might be okay, I'm just not sure.
     
  4. Hoofer

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    I know black walnut has some toxic properties, that's why I asked. It is from nice dry boards. I'll see if someone chimes in who has actually used it. It's beautiful shavings would be a shame to let it go to waste. Thanks
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

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    Cherry has toxins similar to Arsenic.

    Its mostly found in the leaves and the cambrium ( the layer just under the bark).

    Dry wood chips are safe
     
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