So is wood shavings good or bad?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SilkieCanada, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was at my local feedery and saw a great deal on wood shavings for the chickens. However, I remember reading in this forum that pine or cedar or something was bad and other types of wood shavings are ok? Something about hard on their lungs? Which one should I avoid and which one is ok to get?
     
  2. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used straw and pine shavings. After looking at the price of straw the other day I am going to stick with pine shavings. My chickens have had no trouble with them.
     
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I use pine shavings for my chicks, works pretty good.
     
  4. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    I have 8 two week old chicks and I use pine and nothing is wrong they love it. I have been told for almost every animal that cedar is toxic and to not give it. I hope this help.[​IMG]
     
  5. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine in my coop, some say cedar can be toxic...
     
  6. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    Cedar is the stuff that is a no-no. It has an aromatic oil in it harmful to some animals.
     
  7. barbieszoo

    barbieszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cedar is bad, pine is good. Bigger shavings are better too because they are less likely to be eaten.
     
  8. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everyone!!
     
  9. TAFishman

    TAFishman New Egg

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    As the others said " cedar is bad - pine is good" I would like to add that I would stay away from straw, it holds moisture. Pine does absorb moisture but it will release the moisture at a faster rate (meaning the moisture dries out leaving good dry air) Straw holds moisture for a very long time, thats why you see it over freshly planted grass seed.
     
  10. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I asked the feedery and they said its a combination of spruce and pine. Is that safe for my chickens?
     

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