Deep litter- sawdust option

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nccatnip, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. nccatnip

    nccatnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the deep litter method using pine shavings from TSC in my coop. I recently was offered all the sawdust I can use (more than enough) from a gentleman who makes cabinets and furniture. He uses all types of wood, mostly oak, pine and birch. I have heard that cedar is toxic to chickens but what about other types of wood? If there is no cedar in the savings, would this be safe?
     
  2. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Might be a little dusty, but as long as there isn't cedar I say go for it. If it's too dusty, you can always stop adding it.
     
  3. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sawdust is very fine and can cause respiratory problems when the birds stir it up. I would stick with the shavings.
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I would be worried about the dust part of sawdust.
     

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