Pine Bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by magikchick, May 6, 2007.

  1. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I brought some new bedding for the chicks today. It said pine bedding on the package but it has a real strong smell. I'm thinking there is some cedar mixed in it.

    Will this be ok for my 2 week old chicks? I've look the package over but no listing of whats in it.

    I have them on it now and they seem to be ok.

  2. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    If you lay it out on a tray and let it air out for a few hours the smell will weaken enough to where it should be safe to use. I've heard the oils in the wood can be dangerous but I have used pine shavings for a very long time without and problems, but I do air it out a bit before I use it.
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Since this is not an emergency, I am moving this to the Raising Baby Chicks forum for better response.
  4. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Open the package and let it air out. There is extra moisture in the shavings you bought so the smell is much stronger than you would normally notice. It happens quite often. It is still safe for chicks.
  5. Keisha

    Keisha Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    I've used this stuff for my chicks. Its very absorbant and inexpensive. It probably doesn' thave any cedar in it, I highly dought it. This bedding has always had a stronger smell to it though. My hamsters and my chicks use it and have no problems.

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