Pro's and con's on using sawdust in nesting box?????

martinjj

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 19, 2010
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Hi all! I was wondering about using sawdust in my nesting boxes instead of pine shaving or straw? Yes I have a good supply of saw dust I run a nick-nack wood shop in my garage( more of a hobby than anything!
) Would it also be be good for under the roost? I would like to just be able to scrape it all into the compost tumbler, sawdust would breakdown alot faster! What do you all think??
Thanks all,
Martin
 

elmo

Crowing
11 Years
May 23, 2009
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DFW
Depending on what the wood was that the sawdust comes from, sure it could be harmful. Pressure treated wood, for example. I wouldn't do it, myself.
 

Elite Silkies

Crowing
10 Years
Jun 17, 2009
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Oklahoma
My Coop
I know that Cedar is bad for them. It couldn't be good on them eating saw dust. Yes, they will eat some..... maybe not a lot. But, I wouldn't chance it myself.
 

martinjj

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 19, 2010
41
0
22
Lakeland Florida
I was just wondering all your thoughts on it, I am always looking for a way to save money around the house!! all my dust comes from cherry, maple, oak, elm, pine etc.. Thanks for the input;)
Martin:yiipchick
 

TinaK

Songster
9 Years
Feb 12, 2010
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Australia
i only use pine shavings... and only dust free.

the stuff that you would get from using wood working tools would be too fine for my liking. But that is just my personal opinion.

The stuff I use is a very coarse shaving and probably less likely to be consumed......
 

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