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Old 03-03-2013, 11:08 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by slimy72 View Post
Oh, and I"ll go add shavings to their tote until we figure out what to do and see if that helps. I only have sawdust though from the wood shops saw not actual cedar shavings. Will that still work? We use it inthe bottom of our lambing barn and then cover it with straw.
I personally would be leery of sawdust. Not only is it very fine and could cause a blockage if they decided to eat it, but it holds moisture a lot longer. I got a bag of shavings from the feed store a while back that was still slightly damp. It stunk even when clean. I wound up tossing it in the rooster pen outside. I know sarah uses cedar shavings with good results but there's some question of whether the aromatic oils in cedar with a heat lamp could be toxic to very young chicks. Being that yours are older, that might be ok.
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