FIR shavings okay?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by michellerene, May 27, 2007.

  1. michellerene

    michellerene Songster

    Apr 23, 2007
    Graham, WA
    Being that I live in the land of fir trees, it's not surprising that the local feed store has big bales of fir shavings, but not pine. They also have "soft wood" (no cedar). What do you think? Okay to use?
  2. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    I live in the land of fir, too. My house has Douglas fir cabinets, flooring, fencing, wall studs, roofing, staircase, chairs... ok, I'll stop.

    I think fir would be fine. It is very different from cedar and doesn't have nearly the aromatic oils that cedar does. Although the coop will smell like Christmas (ahhhhhhhh)

  3. michellerene

    michellerene Songster

    Apr 23, 2007
    Graham, WA
    OH-- that's a nice bonus I didn't even think of! [​IMG]
  4. nekotee

    nekotee In the Brooder

    did the fir shavings work out for you?
  5. sarahsunshine

    sarahsunshine Songster

    Jul 10, 2013
    Alberta, Canada
    On a completely different topic... I just got a pickup load of cedar shavings from a local mill. I planned to use them for the chickens. Yesterday someone suggested that cedar was not a good type of bedding to use. I used cedar for my pet rats growing up and never had any problems. Should I not use them?

    I also found a contact for someone who mills Douglas Fir. Would that be better?

    (it's all free)

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