Bedding for new chicks- feedback needed
I manage the farm department of a farm/rural oriented chain store, and we are currently selling baby chicks, ducks and turkeys. Prior to this year, chicks were housed in metal stock tanks with brooder heat lamps and pine shavings. Due to a change in ownership, pine shavings (among other things) were not ordered in sufficient quantity, and we were told by upper management to substitute cedar shavings. When I raised an issue about this regarding the toxicity of cedar on chicks respiratory systems, I was told that the hatchery the chicks were being ordered from said cedar was okay to use. I have not found any other hatchery that agreed, considering chicks are confined in a small heated environment, and most confirmed my belief that cedar is toxic to these fragile little creatures. What is your experience/opinion?