Safe bedding choices

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CuzChickens, May 28, 2016.

  1. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello! I am not sure if the is the right place to post this...But anyway, can Cherry wood shaving be used for chicken bedding??? I know the leaves of wild cherry have killed cows before, and I did not know if it would be ok to use cherry chips. I know Cedar is toxic. TIA
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use cedar with no problems. . So I'm probably not the person to ask.. all shavings probably have some toxic level... as the age ther smell lightens. . So who knows. . Does breathing the air from the chips affect them.. maybe a little.. but I don't let them smoke cigarettes. . So I'm sure it's fine.. most chickens are culled by 2 years.. long before they develope lung cancer.
     
  3. Hrairoo

    Hrairoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm pretty sure cherry is fine! I Personally use pine or spruce shavings, and have used peat moss in the past! I loved the peat moss, it was amazing at keeping everything dry, and there was little to no smell. Only downside was that it was DUSTY. I hear people use sand a lot, but that doesn't really let the manure decompose. I'm going to set my coop up with a deep litter system in a week or so, using spruce shavings. With the deep litter method, you can go years without completely cleaning out the coop, and it's even shown to have health benefits for the birds!
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Hardwood chips would work, but softwoods are more absorbent.

    Never seen cherry wood shavings available.....
    .....what is the source and size of shavings, maybe a wood working endeavor?
    If they are small and very dusty, I would pass....if from a lathe, might work ok.
     
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  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Yes, that is what they are from. My grandfather is a woodworker, and he said he would save me his chips from the lathe and I could use them for bedding instead of paying $10 a month on pine shavings at Southern States. He said he has sawdust mixed in, but would keep the sawdust out if it helps.
     
  6. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd ask him to try to leave sawdust out.. bigger chips are better.. but if he can't. .mixed is fine
     
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  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Yeah, I only want to use the deep litter method in the winter because I heard it produces heat while it is composting. I have never heard of using moss for bedding. I have only been raising chickens for 3 months though. I read up on them for a whole year before I got them.
     
  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Ok, awesome! Thanks for the help and advice!
     
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    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Awesome! Thanks! I get mine from Southern States and they are $5.00 for 10 cubic feet.
     

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