Red cedar mulch?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by i<3chickens, May 22, 2011.

  1. i<3chickens

    i<3chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Can chicks have red cedar mulch in the run part of thier coop?
     
  2. Player Hater

    Player Hater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    everything i've read in books and online says not to do it, because the ceder releases hydrocarbons or something
     
  3. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope. It's really unhealthy for ALL animals (yet, it's marketed for rabbits and dogs!) please don't use it. It can cause major respiratory issues.
     
  4. i<3chickens

    i<3chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay thanks [​IMG]
     
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    If the cedar has been aged and left out in the open air for a year or more it is fine to use, I am currently using a big pile I have that has been outside for 2 yrs and it is not having any affects what so ever on the chicks.
     
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I've heard of people mixing up their shavings 1 bag cedar to 4 bags pine and using that for their grown birds with no ill effects & it helps keep bugs away.
     

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