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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lmarie, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Lmarie

    Lmarie Songster

    Jan 3, 2009
    Way Over Yonder, GA
    I know cedar chips are a big no-no for baby chicks, but will it cause harm to adult chickens as well?

    Just wondering, because I know they keep away mites...and smell good.
  2. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    I mix cedar chips in with the adult layer houses. It keeps the bugs away like you said.... plus it keeps the small down. I also use the cedar in the next boxes.

    I mix 1 bag cedar to 4 bags white pine.
  3. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Cedar chips pose the same health hazard to all animals including humans. The problem is just increased when they are used in an area with less ventilation. Tiny cages and brooders hold in the fumes making small animals and chicks more likely to suffer harm. Larger areas with more air flow will be less likely to have fumes build up but the fumes are still there. If something kills pests and bugs avoid it there is a reason.... It's usually toxic on some level. There are also other things that can impact the toxicity level including how fresh the shavings are. I'd prefer to use a more controlled method that I can measure than spread an unknown amount of toxins around.

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