Substitute Maple Shavings for Pine?

shawnj72

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 18, 2011
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Upper Michigan
we have both fine sawdust to 1/4 inch chainsaw chips my plan was to use sand when they get older but when they are younger i was going to use maple shavings and put it in the garden in the fall..
 

crazyhen

Crowing
11 Years
Aug 26, 2008
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mtns of ,NC.
I was told not to use hardwood shaving because of a particular type of mold that gets on it and not pine.
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I did not research it myself. Gloria Jean
 

Nambroth

Fud Lady
8 Years
Apr 7, 2011
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There is a higher risk of problems relating to Aspergillosis when using hardwoods. Aspergillosis spores are present pretty much everywhere, it's just that hardwoods can promote the growth of it in great amounts, and so the risk is elevated. It is up to you if the risk is worth it or not (everything we do has minor to major calculated risks!). Note that it is generally believed that hardwoods that are not kiln dried are a much higher risk. Of course, no matter what the bedding is, keeping it dry helps to reduce spores of any type!

Here is some reading so that you can decide.
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http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/poulsci/tech_manuals/litter_mgmt_turkeys.pdf
http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/htm/bc/206100.htm
http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/491/the-home-flock
 

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