Walnut shell kitty litter toxic to chickens???? Kitty Litter recommendations!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by satopblog, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. satopblog

    satopblog New Egg

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    My chickens keep laying on the floor of the coop and not in their brooder which we have built for them. Might be because we use cedar bedding in both area's and its confusing for them.
    So my question is can you use kitty litter in the coop? I know you can't use any toxic kinds and no powdery kind because of obvious reasons. I have a bag of walnut kitty litter that I want to try out. Ive heard mixed things about walnuts being toxic but most say don't have chickens under a walnut tree. Something about the walnuts dropping toxins or something. This particular stuff is made by Blue Buffalo Co and looks like its just the shell.
    My only other option is wheat kitty litter but I'm afraid the chickens will just eat it lol. My goal is to get them to lay in the brooder so I can have clean eggs and also maybe save some $$ in the long run. I feel like I go through a ton of cedar bedding which isn't cheap.
    Anyways are walnuts toxic to chickens? Any ever use kitty litter for inside the coop? If so what kind do they use? I need it to be compostable and not corn because I would like it to be GMO free. Thanks!
     
  2. gilmoujr

    gilmoujr Out Of The Brooder

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    I could be wrong but I think that Cedar Shavings are toxic to chickens. THAT could be your problem.
     
  3. satopblog

    satopblog New Egg

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    Hmm I haven't heard that. I was using pine but it didn't keep the smell down which is why I switched to cedar. I guess I will give the walnut shells a whirl and see how it goes.
     

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