Shavings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rooster Bob, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Rooster Bob

    Rooster Bob Out Of The Brooder

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    Can I use cedar shavings for coop and nest boxs noticed walmart has this inlarge bags for sale. but was won dering about the smell of the cedar? thanks Dennis
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Pine.

    Cedar is aromatic and can cause trouble for chickens.
     
  3. Rooster Bob

    Rooster Bob Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you that was what I wa slooking for on the smell of cedar shavings
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You are welcome!!

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  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    So cedar shavings are not a good idea? What does it do to there lungs? I currently have a dirt floor and I'm wanting to put something down to insulate them from the temperature drops.
     
  6. Mark & Nique

    Mark & Nique Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine!
     
  7. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cedar shavings will irritate their lungs, but more importantly the phenols (the natural chemicals in the wood that cause the characteristic smell) are a toxin that must be processed by the liver and will cause liver damage with long term high exposure.
     
  8. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never used anything but cedar shavings (though in a very ventilated coop), and the only thing my chickens have died of is predators and meat cleavers.

    On the dirt floor: if water seeps into it, any kind of shavings or organic material will melt into a nasty mess. In that case, sand is supposed to be good.
     

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