Is aspen ok?

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

  1. CathyB

    CathyB Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    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 Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    La Puente, CA
    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

    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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