Shavings in coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by homecatmom, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    Having read about how bad it is to put cedar shavings in with your chickens, I'm a bit gun-shy. I sent the husband to the feedstore and he brought home something I'm not sure of. It doesn't say exactly what the wood shavings are. I went to the company's web site and it says they are Douglas fir and Hemlock. Is this ok to use, or should I sweep it out and go get something that says "pine"? [​IMG] Thanks.
  2. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    Douglas fir and Hemlock are forms of pine trees.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2008
  3. You should be fine. Like ridgefire said they are a form of a pinetree so they should not cause the problems that cedar does.
  4. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Cedar shavings will have a distinctive sweet aroma, quite unlike pine. They will also be darker in colour.

    They are very easy to tell apart, especially if you have both types, to compare.

    Hope this helps
  5. Brian

    Brian Songster

    Sep 30, 2007
    Jacksonville, ORegon
    You're fine. The hemlock tree is not the same thing as a poisonous hemlock shrub plant, aka water hemlock.
  6. Kittikity

    Kittikity Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    The best to get is aspen as it doesn't have any oils in it.. Think it might be a little more costly.. I know for small caged pets (hamsters, rats, guinea pigs) cedar is the worst and pine is kind of in between the two.. Pine shouldn't be bad for chickens though since they're not in as a confined space as a pet in a cage..
  7. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Songster

    Because of the slowdown in building right now [​IMG] , sawdust and shavings are not as abundant as they previously were. The cost is going up. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming year.

  8. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    Quote:The other thing that is raising the prices and cause a bit of the shavings shortage is, these companies are now selling there waste to pellet manufacturers to make into wood pellets for stoves.

    I know that's how I heat my house.

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