I am thinking of using for chick bedding, wood shavings from hard wood, does that sound ok or would it be better if I bought at the pet store the pine wood shavings, they even have it in aromatic, what is best or somwething else?
I used pine shavings with a layer of paper towel over the top until mine were a week old (today). Until the chicks know what food is and isn't, it's best to keep some paper towel on top to prevent them from eating too much of the smaller shavings. Otherwise pine shavings is my prefered bedding.
Some wood shavings are very toxic, even fatal--especially for young chicks! I would NOT use cedar or other hardwoods even with adult chickens. If the pine is very aromatic it can cause a problem for chicks as well (its the oils in it). Paper towels over shavings is great for the first few days like Pet Duck Boy recommended
. The safest after that is Aspen, with pine as a second choice. Since Aspen is not as easily to come by in some areas (like mine) so most use pine.
I used hay but my barn is full of it for the horses so it made sense. The chick just seem to love it. There are small seed heads that they work over and when that's all gone then they eat the peep feed. They are 3 weeks old... I know if your interested in hay that Coastal and other large feed supply stores offer hay in compressed bales that are half the size of a traditional bale as they air is sucked out to compress.