pine shavings question.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MurrayCove, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. MurrayCove

    MurrayCove Out Of The Brooder

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    By mistake, I bought a huge bag of cedar pine shavings instead of the plane shavings. It seems to me that I heard that the cedar shavings are not good for the chickens. Anyone know about this? Thanks, Pat
     
  2. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard the oil in cedar is bad for chickens... I think it was said they are toxic when eaten.
     
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Cedar can also irritate the skin. Some people use it with no problem. I wouldn't risk it. Return the bag if you can. If you can't, the bags aren't that expensive anyway.
     
  4. MurrayCove

    MurrayCove Out Of The Brooder

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    HI and thanks for responding. I had already opened the bag before I caught the cedar smell..and then actually looked at it (duh!). I decided not to take the chance...so dumped the cedar stuff as mulch in one of my small flower gardens. Then went out and got the plane pine cedar chips..which I used in the coop...and even spread it around the run. I am sure that I read somewhere a good while back that it was not safe to use the cedar stuff...glad I remembered....and grateful for BYC. So, much good info here.
     
  5. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good idea to use it for compost on the garden!
     

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