Cedar bark groundcover - safe for chickens outside of coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by California Girls, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. California Girls

    California Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, I need some help please. My husband bought cedar groungdcover for some areas in our yard. Is it bad for our 6 month old chickens who will be in contact with it?
    Thanks for your responses.
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2010
  2. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cedar is fine in the yard or run, where the fumes from the oils have a chance to dissipate. It is only in an enclosed area, where the fumes will be contained, that it becomes a problem. I use cedar chips (and others) in my run.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Yup, no problem at all outdoors, quite safe, have fun [​IMG]

    (Actually quite a lot of people use cedar bedding indoors without any discernible problem, including large commercial operations that would surely KNOW if they had any problem from it -- but I expect it depends a lot on the freshness of the shavings and the amount of ventilation/fresh air you've got, indoors.)

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  4. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Pat. I think that I would jump at a chance to get free cedar chips, primarily because I have a lot of good permanent ventilation overhead in my coop. I think it would cause trouble in a small coop. In a run outside, no problem at all.
     
  5. California Girls

    California Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, thank you all!
     

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