Is it true that you can not use cedar shavings or sawdust for bedding for chickens?I use pine but I have a cedar mill down the road from me and I could get them for free.If you can`t use cedar tell my why. Thanks green
It is pretty well established that cedar shavings can be toxic to birds and small mammals. It is apparently the volitile gases they emit (probably the same ones that discourage fleas) that can be dangerous.
I've heard of people using either for their chickens. The only reason we choose to use pine was from the limited negative things we read about it and also because it would not work for composting back into our gardens as well.
When I can get it reasonably, I use about 1/4 cedar to 3/4 pine. I've never had mites. One of the fawns came in with ticks and fleas last year and I didn't want to stress it with chemicals. I bedded it down in a playpen with cedar for a few days. The ticks and fleas were gone.
A few cedar boughs from the trees work well too. I remember an old Native American woman who would sprinkle cedar leaves under the sheets to keep out bed bugs. She remembered sleeping on beds made of cedar in the dirt floor cabin where she was raised. I loved spending the night in that bed with the cedar scented sheets.
The Serama handbook says that BOTH cedar and pine should be avoiced in the BROODER, because as Silkie says "they emit volatile gasses that may be harmful. Aspen or other non-aromatic hardwoods are preferred."
I use it in my Seramas nesting box to cushion the eggs...but they are outside in the fresh air. I love the smell of cedar and would be so happy if ALL my wood items that the chickens use was made of cedar!
I wonder if "cedar" shaving are truely from cedar (genus Cedrus) or if they are largely from the native American "cedars" which aren't really cedars at all? We have true cedars here in CA but they are all planted in gardens.
The name "cedar" has been widely applied to many other trees with scented wood, including the genera Calocedrus ("incense-cedars"), Chamaecyparis and Thuja ("whitecedar", "Western Redcedar"), Cryptomeria (Japanese cedar"), and Juniperus ("Eastern Redcedar", "Mountain-cedar") in the family Cupressaceae; Cedrela ("Spanish-cedar") and Toona ("Australian Redcedar") in the family Meliaceae; and Tamarix ("Saltcedar") in the family Tamaricaceae.
Cat i got mine from a man who makes cedar furniture and i have seen the trees he use's so mine is the real deal.
Now i have bought the kind walmart has and it's not 100% cedar it has pine in it too and as far as being real i don't know?