Can chickens live in a Cedar wood coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by redhen, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Hi..i just purchased a cedar playhouse from Walmart...thinking to use it as a coop...but i am worried about the cedar wood being toxic to them....any ideas? thanks, Wendy
     
  2. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they can just don't use ceder chips for bedding.
     
  3. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard the cedar being hard on chicks, but i believe it has more to do with the bedding. The adult birds do not seem to have a people with it as long as they can get out and about. You'll have less bugs with cedar. Still, pine is better.
     
  4. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say it would be ok as long as they are not able to consume any of it.
     
  5. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    Sawn cedar is a fine material to use. The issue people have with certain cedars are the volatile compounds that are released from shavings. The difference is the surface area. A board taken off the coop and shreded into shavings now has many thousands of times more surface area than it would otherwise.

    Wayne
     
  6. jforsness

    jforsness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The 3 B's have a cedar wrap around deck around their coop and they are doing well [​IMG]
     
  7. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

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    Also, cedar won't rot as quickly as pine
     
  8. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they can, although if they start pecking the wood, could you cover it?
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    thanks for the advice!... i feel safe putting them in it now, thanks! [​IMG]
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    You'll be fine. Or you could paint it.
     

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