How to use cedar chips in the brooder?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Smartie_Pants, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    I may be getting some ducklings and/or chicks tomorrow, and I need to find a way to make my brooder easy to clean, and as smell free as possible. (Mom's getting REALLY tired of the smells.) I was thinking with cedar chips I could scoop out the poop clumps easily with a litter scoop or something, and them getting stirred up so much would keep the smell down.

    Do I just use the regular chips like people use in hampster cages? I know they have the big packages at Rural King and some smaller ones at WalMart. Anything I need to know about what NOT to get? Do I need to worry about them being a fire hazard with the heat lamp?
     
  2. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    I always heard you are not supposed to use cedar chips for ducklings or chicks...
     
  3. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    I know you can't use pine chips, but I think cedar are safe.
     
  4. acdoc

    acdoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I heard that also it
     
  5. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    I thought I read somewhere that cedar chips are dangerous for ducks and chicks. Pine wood chips is what most use and its best to get the bigger chips so that they don't try to eat it.
     
  6. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    Yeah, I just realized I got it backward. [​IMG] I've had a rough day.

    Okay, so how do I use PINE chips in the brooder, and where do I get them?
     
  7. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I heard that cedar is toxic to chickens.
     
  8. acdoc

    acdoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well pine is all I have ever used mine arnt sick just a little crazy
     
  9. acdoc

    acdoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should be able to get pine shavings at any feed store
     
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Tractor Supply has "wood chips". They have worked for me just fine. Just no cedar, the aromatic oils are sometime hard on the babies.

    I like to layer a bunch of paper towels on the wood chips for the first 5-6 days- teaches them to get a grip with their feet, and just remove 1 layer per day.
     

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