what kind of shavings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by eggsgalore, May 23, 2008.

  1. eggsgalore

    eggsgalore Out Of The Brooder

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    What is better, cedar or pine shavings in the coop?
    I know that cedar is a no-no for rodents due to the oils but don't know about the chickens.
     
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Cedar is an absolute no-no for chickens also.

    Use pine shavings.
     
  3. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes use pine
     
  4. Tommy

    Tommy Out Of The Brooder

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    I happen to have access to a hardwood sawmill and was wondering if the hardwood sawdust would be ok. The pine shavings I have been having to buy and I could get the hardwood sawdust for free.
     
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Good that you are asking. Personally, I would never use anything small enough to be inhaled when they're kicking the stuff about. The big bags of pine shavings I get at the feed store go a long way and are inexpensive. I would also never expose them to treated pine in any form. Sometimes have to use treated pine around here for one thing or another and we cut the wood with a tarp beneath it and then vaccuum up the dust. It's not foolproof because the dust has a way of blowing about but I try to capture all I can!
    JJ
     

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