chicks are eating pine shavings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shaggy, May 17, 2009.

  1. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was doing the newspaper thing for about a week --- i got tired of cleaning it every day --- so i went and got some pine shavings to cover the bottom of the brooder

    they are eating it ... will they be fine?
     
  2. cariboujaguar

    cariboujaguar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine are eating cedar shavings, I asked the same thing, so not sure yet...
     
  3. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shavings are not toxic but Cedar shavings are toxic to them
     
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  4. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Cedar shavings are toxic for them! Remove it from them!
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I usually line the brooder with PINE shavings and many layers of paper towels on top. Then I remove a layer of paper towels each day, and by the time the last layer is gone they know where the real food is. About a week.

    Cedar shavings emit aromatics that can be toxic to chicks- don't use them, too risky.
     
  6. Use the small animal pine shavings. My chicks always seem to eat the shavings in the beginning. Then they find the real food and the bowl and the waterer. I have lost one chick due to this. You would think they would figure it out quickly, but NOOO.
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I thin kthey eat every thing in the beginning. Pine is ok though, cedar a big no no!!!
     
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Oh boy...who ever has the cedar shavings should remove it asap or you will have some dead chickens very soon [​IMG]
    Mine all ate LOTS of pine shavings and they are all still ok today [​IMG] It won't hurt them.
     
  9. cariboujaguar

    cariboujaguar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, I've been PMed and told on another thread. I had no idea and have been all over this site for months, if it's not stickied somewhere it should be... lucky for me they've been on it for a week and everyone seems fine... hope they stay that way/ THEY ARE IN HAY NOW! thanks SSSOOO much for the quick response guys! I'll have to name one of them cedar LOL
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Are you actually seeing them pick up the shavings AND swallow or just pick them up? Mine picked up the shavings sure, but they spit them back out.
    Chicks pick up everything in their beaks. That's how they figure out what's food and what's not. Just like human babies, everything has to be taste tested first.
     

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