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Would cat litter be bad to use with chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by savingdogs, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. savingdogs

    savingdogs Chillin' With My Peeps

    My husband keeps asking me why we can't use industrial grade cat litter in the coop?

    We are currently using sand and liking it. We have access to free industrial grade cat litter though. Would it be harmful?
     
  2. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    The only thing that would worry me is the amount of dust the cat litter might made, would it cause issues with upper respiratory.
     
  3. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    i would assume the chickens would eat it thinking its food?
     
  4. Mountain Sunshine

    Mountain Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most cat litters are made of clay and other products that are not edible. I would not suggest using it.
     
  5. fiberart57

    fiberart57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Mountain Sunshine about not using the litter because of its clay mixture, quite possibly it could cause digestive problems for your chickens. In addition to the clay, there are sometimes chemicals put in for odor, clumping and general household use. I idea of industrial grade cat litter is something I've not heard of though, sometimes the word industrial can cause concern.

    I would stick with sand. I like it because its easy to clean with a litter scoop.

    Mary
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I would not use it... they could eat it. And it would block them up...kill them...
     
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    What about using pine pellets? Just a touch of water will break them down into managable mix. Even when slightly damp they don't smell bad. That's the kind of litter I use with my cats and you wouldn't know that I had 3 in the house with litterboxes. No cat smell at all. IMHO cats poo is worse than chickens!! lol
     

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