Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cajunlizz, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    I know pine savings are most commonly used , but does anyone know if other wood shavings CAN BE USED ?

    Like Cypress ?
  2. eastTNchick

    eastTNchick Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    Decatur, TN
    I do know that you can NOT use cedar. It is toxic to poultry.

    I think cypress and aspen are safe, but I will not swear to that. Hopefully, someone else will know the answer to that.
  3. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    i use pine shaving stick with that i know its safe
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    My husband had a pile of firewood in our backyard. When he cut all of it I raked up all the chips and use them in the coop as bedding. We avoid cedar, but we've got a bit of everything in there - pine, maple, poplar, whatever!
  5. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Aspen is fine, but Cypress I'm not familiar with...its it a sappy tree?
  6. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    pine and cedar have oil in them , when the oil in them and if there is to much "dust" this oil can cause respiratory problems. I have never been able to find a legitimate study that discourage d the use of pine or cedar as a bedding material. I have used cedar for years and my birds seem to do fine (except when the dogs get them, but thats a different story).

    Use of a litter material made from cotton waste, gypsum, and old newsprint for rearing broiler chickens.

    Peanut hulls as a litter source for broiler breeder replacement pullets.
  7. gadzooke

    gadzooke In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2008
    I'm a newbie and I use straw with my new chickies. I had paper towels down for a couple of days though. Is there any problem with straw?
  8. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Quote:No there isn't. The thing is that it gets damp/gross really quick and yo have to change the bedding consantly.
  9. Chickenfortress

    Chickenfortress Songster

    May 8, 2008
    The local feed store sold me a bag of cottonseed hulls to try. I find it is rather dusty. That, and it clumps when the chickens scratch. Each day there's a series of hillocks, frequently covering the waterer. Did I mention chickens are somewhat daft?

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