Redwood shavings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Muffinburgler, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Muffinburgler

    Muffinburgler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2012
    Watsonville, CA
    Can redwood shavings be used as bedding for 3 week old chicks? We have a bunch of redwood shaves left over from when our balcony was being rebuilt. It's untreated redwood, so no chemicals in it or anything.
  2. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    The only thing I know that you shouldn't use is cedar. Redwood should be fine, just keep in mind that hardwood shavings tend to mold quicker than pine, so I tend to use them in my dry coops whereas I use pine in the damp coops for the deep litter method. It helps as well if you don't include a lot of sawdust with the shavings as this can be an irritant to their respiratory systems. Good luck!
  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Is redwood aromatic? Like cedar?

    If there is no smell, I would guess that it would be fine.
  4. petercrwfd

    petercrwfd New Egg

    Aug 25, 2014
    What is the verdict on redwood? Smell alone cannot be the factor. Yes, redwood has a distinct aroma, but so does pine.

    Has anyone actually tried redwood or know someone who has?
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2014

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