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what kind of shavings

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

  1. eggsgalore

    eggsgalore In the Brooder

    May 4, 2008
    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

    May 24, 2007
    Cedar is an absolute no-no for chickens also.

    Use pine shavings.
  3. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Yes use pine
  4. Tommy

    Tommy In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2008
    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 Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    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!

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