Is aspen ok?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CathyB, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. CathyB

    CathyB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a large amount of aspen shavings to use for my chinchillas. Is this ok for the chicks? I am also have puppy pads here and paper towels. Do I go get pine for the chickies or what? Thanks!
     
  2. halfwaynowhere

    halfwaynowhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aspen should be fine, it doesn't contain aromatic oils, which is why its safe for your chinchillas.

    One thing I'm confused about- pine and cedar are a big no-no with small animals because of phenols, but pine is safe for chickens, while cedar is not?
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You can use pine for chicks, I think it's just the cedar that gives off the high levels of phenols that destroy respiratory linings.
     

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