Help! I used cedar shavings the first week!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bnecessary, May 9, 2008.

  1. bnecessary

    bnecessary New Egg

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    Will my chicks die? They seem to be growing and hopping about like they should. I read your posts today and switched to old towels. Have I hurt my babies?? [​IMG]

    -Birgitte
     
  2. JenniferC

    JenniferC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess is if they are ok, it's OK. I used cedar the first week as well, and one of my chicks had a terrible itchy-eye reaction. It went away after I changed bedding. My other chicks I had at the time had no reaction whatsoever.
     
  3. bnecessary

    bnecessary New Egg

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    Thank you Jennifer!

    They seem to have good energy and are growing. But of course now I'm fretting like a mother hen....

    Bawk!
    -Birgitte
     
  4. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Kansas
    I think that they should be fine as long as they are acting normal.
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Shavings should NEVER be used for chicks under 2 weeks. Use straw or hay until they reach 2 weeks of age.
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Each batch I've had, I put my chicks on puppy potty-training pads for the first week only, then switched to pine shavings. I've had no issues.
     
  7. bnecessary

    bnecessary New Egg

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    I'll keep my fingers crossed that they'll be okay now. :eek:
    -Birgitte
     
  8. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Brigitte,

    I may get a lot of flack for this but I have raised many, MANY chicks on cedar and had NO PROBLEMS. I do use pine now because that is what my feed store has (last year all I could get was cedar). I think your chicks will be fine.
     
  9. bnecessary

    bnecessary New Egg

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    Thanks Adam!

    I'm starting to feel like if there was going to be a problem, I'd see it by now. (?) They are pooping just fine, so no intestinal blocks. [​IMG]

    -B
     
  10. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    The first batch of chicks I got I used pine. I was so new I had no clue that I needed to cover the shavings to keep them from eating them, but apparently they already knew or didn't want to put me through the loss of them all dying, so ate what they were supposed to eat. If you're new at chick raising I think you're better safe than sorry, and as long as all of them are acting fine and none have irritated eyes or nostril problems (breathing, etc) I wouldn't worry. Everyone makes mistakes, and be glad you weren't one of the few out there who didn't know baby chicks needed to be kept warm!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] Good luck!
     

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