Cedar coop... safe?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wornoutmomto3, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. wornoutmomto3

    wornoutmomto3 Songster

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    I am looking to build a new/larger coop in the near future. I am trying to decide on the right plans and materials. I am hoping for some sound advice. I have read in several places about the dangers of using cedar as a bedding material. What I was wondering is about using cedar as the building material: walls, beams, etc. The nest boxes and bedding would be another material such as pine. Is it safe to use cedar this way with chickens? Or should I go a different route? What would you recommend?
     

  2. Mikechickenguy

    Mikechickenguy In the Brooder

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    I used cedar fence boards and silicone in between to compensate for shrinkage to build the external walls
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    Cedar lumber is great...if it's affordable near you, it's the cedar bedding that can be a respiratory problem.
     
  4. ApiaryandAviary

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    I have read cedar shavings have microbial qualities. But I also read not to be used with babies. So confusing at times for beginners. I use a mix. Just a handful per baby chick cage in with the Aspen.
     
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