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alder vs cedar chippings

 
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so there is a bunch of free alder chipping/sawdust near where i live and the guy said it makes great bedding for chickens. he also said the cedar chippings are toxic. Is that true??
 
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Cedar(and pine, and other aromatic softwoods) emit phenols, which are toxic to most things. Smaller the animal/younger it is/closer to the shavings/fresher the wood/poorer the ventilation... the more of a danger there is.

Some people use cedar bedding as an anti-mite/flea/tick solution for various animals, in a well ventilated area.

Enormous thread on this on backyardchickens.com shows plenty of opinions on this... http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/99738/who-says-cedar-is-bad-for-chickens
 
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