Old pine shavings? Will they be hurtful to the chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by XilverAngel, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. XilverAngel

    XilverAngel Songster

    Jun 28, 2009
    We received a bag of pine shavings from a friend, they say it has been sitting outside for a while, and that they dont use it. Would it still be ok to use for our brooder? It looks clean withuot any mold or bugs, but im still not too sure, so im asking for some advice or suggestions. Anyone?
  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    cant see how bad it could be unless you are seeing signs like termites or insects. Open it up and see if there is anything suspect? If so get rid of it. Wood holds up a very long time.

  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    If they've been outside for a long time are they damp? Run your hands through them and take a look? Are they still dry and bright colored? If so then go ahead and use them. If they're dull colored, going grayish, feel damp or smell musty then don't use them with your chicks.

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