Tidy Cats Pure Naturals

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ORChickFam, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. ORChickFam

    ORChickFam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    I ran into an acquaintance and we were discussing my kids brooder that we're setting up this weekend. She mentioned that she uses Tidy Cats Pure Naturals with her chicks. Conversation ended, off I went, came home and here I am now pondering if this stuff is really a good alternative to Sweet PDZ. Thoughts?

    For reference it's this stuff...

  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    I have 2 concerns: It has cedar. The oils in cedar may be too strong for the chick's delicate respiratory systems. Also, the clumping properties: makes me wonder what the stuff would do when it lands in the chick's crops if they eat some of it. While your friend is using it, and hasn't had any visible problems yet, my red flags are up, and I'd not put it any where near my chickens.
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    It used to be advised not to use clumping litter with kittens because of illness caused by eating litter. I agree with lazy gardner.
  4. Clearly

    Clearly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2015
    Seattle Suburb
    Cedar is a big no-no.

    If you want something similar, I use "nature's bedding." It's very fine, shredded woods packed into pellets that disintegrate and break down as they get wet, soaking up poo and sorta clumping it, really composting it, and there is like.... NO DUST.

    Link: http://www.naturesbywoodgrain.com/bedding
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2015
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    You know the little wooden pellets for pellet burning heating stoves? I used them for bedding under guinea pigs when I raised them.
  6. ORChickFam

    ORChickFam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Thanks for the insight everyone. I was thinking it was a no-no but since I'm brand new to this, figured I would ask. We use Dry Den w/ our rabbits and I plan to use it with our chicks as well. But you know how it goes, when you're still learning and hear things you get curious. Thanks again!
  7. Dreysander

    Dreysander Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2015
    I'll be using play sand with a sprinkle of sweet PDZ for the brooder. I like sand because it's scoopable like cat litter but doesn't clump.

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