Wood shavings in brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Schroeder, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Schroeder

    Schroeder Songster

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Coop
    I read in one of the learning center discussions to "use pine shavings, not hardwood shavings" in the brooder. I've saved a large burlap bag full of poplar shavings from my planer since last autumn specifically for this purpose. Should I be concerned or do you suppose the caution was for woods such as walnut that may have sap residue that is potentially harmful?
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I am not sure why no hard woods except that they do peck at it and may ingest some. I am hoping someone else will answer this.
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I use Aspen as well as pine with no problems. Cedar is a no-no because of the intensely aromatic oils.

    How do your shavings smell? Can you put your face in the bag and breathe it comfortably? Does it leave residue on your hands? If it is not too strong smelling and it leaves no oils -- and it has been sitting for a few months to dry out - - it is probably OK to use. Perhaps another woodworker can give more insight.

    Hope that helps. Good luck!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by