Chick bedding question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pollo Posada, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Pollo Posada

    Pollo Posada Out Of The Brooder

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    Can I use cedar shavings/bedding for chicks? I have a huge bag leftover from the rabbit days.

    Are there any adverse affects on chicks? I haven't read anything about use cedar bedding at all.

    THANKS!
     
  2. Lucky Ducky

    Lucky Ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

    NOOOO!!! Cedar shavings are toxic to chickens!! Get some pine shavings or horse bedding pellets.
     
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Oh no! No cedar! It will cause major respiratory issues and your chicks will die. NO CEDAR!
     
  4. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's because cedar is poisonous to chickens.Pine wood shavings are best.Put paper towel down over top for the first couple days till they know what's food and what's not.[​IMG]
     
  5. Pollo Posada

    Pollo Posada Out Of The Brooder

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    Whoa, Thanks! Glad I asked!!! I had them in for about 5 minutes. I ran screaming through the house. My husband was like "what is happening". I was screaming - I AM KILLING MY CHICKS!

    I hope 5 minutes will not do major damage! They seem ok...

    ACK!
     
  6. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    5 min is fine. Never use cedar, only pine. If you need bedding for chicks, you can use paper towels, rubber shelf liner, towels, sand, or just use chick starter, Thats what I do. [​IMG]
     
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:lol! lol! It was only 5 minutes, they will be fine! [​IMG]
     

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