Hi new here , the last 3 or 4 days ive been trying to find some 1" by 6" white untreated kiln dryed pine to re shelve my cages , ive googled and all forums and chinchilla sites ive found have said white pine untreated and kiln dryed .
Alot say go to local wood yard or b&q , homebase, wickes ect ect BUT ive have been to all of them also phoned 7 local wood yards and no 1 sells white pine untreated and kiln dryed The only pine what is sold in all these shops is untreated kiln dryed scandinavian redwood pine. B&Q ,homebase and wickes even phoned up were they get the wood from to find out for me and its all 100% untreated kiln dryed scandinavian redwood pine and NOT white untreated kiln dryed pine .. Even cage makers only state softwood , i asked someone on ebay what type of pine they sell for there chinchilla shelfs they have listed and they did not know..... just said untreated and dryed .
So im asking were do i get the wood from for my cages
I am not overly familiar with the requirements for chinchillas being a degu person, but the difference between the "timbers" is mainly to do with the speed at which it is grown. White pine is quite a generic term and is used to define timbers that are fast grown whereas Redwood Pine refers to timber that is more slowly grown. I believe neither should pose a specific issue once kiln dried as long as untreated.
I think you may be confusing redwood pine with Redwood Trees. Redwoods are those giant trees in the US. The term redwood pine is completely different.
From studying the Wickes catalogue, the 'redwood' pine is the only one that is pine, all the other softwoods are usually spruce. The redwood stuff is pretty expensive though. It's the same phenols that affect all these softwoods, so unless there is more to it, I don't really see what difference it makes as long as it is kiln dried and low in knots.
I don't know about the difference in sensitivites between degus and chinchillas, but we have been recommending and using any kiln dried softwood which doesn't have many knots in it for quite a while, and German degu keepers have been doing so for longer with no reported problems. I would surprised if this policy didn't also apply to chinchillas, but I'm afraid we don't really have an active chinchilla membership any more.
Thanks moletteuk , 2bh i would say if its ok for degus its ok for chins .. a mate works for 1 of the retailers so it will only cost me £1.10 a meter . I think alot of the sites ive seen what says no redwood pine the person who wrote it thinks its redwood.