Cedar fence posts

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rick&Chris, May 17, 2019.

  1. Rick&Chris

    Rick&Chris Songster

    I am looking to fence around my coop/run. I have access to Cedar fence posts to do the fence, I would be using metal fencing attached to the posts . I know that Cedar is not good for chickens in their bedding, curious to know if it is an issue to use in my fence. At the closest, a few of the posts would be about 3 feet away from the enclosure. TIA!!
  2. Hencraze24

    Hencraze24 Songster

    May 9, 2019
    Sussex, WI
    Yes, cedar oils can be toxic to chickens. pine wood is very good for them, this is what we use for our birds. Cedar may be durable and waterproof, but is is not good for your flock.
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  3. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
    I would not make the coop itself out of cedar since they would be inside a box full of fumes, but I don't see any harm in using cedar fence posts outside. The fumes shouldn't be bad and there is no dust for the birds to be inhaling.
  4. chkva

    chkva Songster

    Mar 20, 2015
    Fence posts that are cedar are fine to use. They would be in the open air... Not like cedar shavings or a cedar wood built coop where the chickens would actually be inhaling the fumes from it. That's the type of posts I would use if I were making a fence that needed posts!
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  5. Rick&Chris

    Rick&Chris Songster

    Thank you all for your expertise! I figured cedar fence posts would be OK - but wanted to ask the experts! :eek:)
  6. SueT

    SueT Crossing the Road

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    The cedar that is considered harmful is the eastern aromatic cedar. It is often used for closet lining, has a strong aroma. Most posts are western red cedar and not a problem. We planked the entire front of our coop with western red cedar fence pickets 5 years ago, and it has been fine.
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
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