cedar for nest boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Junior, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Junior

    Junior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have read about cedar shavings being toxic to chicks but how does it affect grown chickens?

    i thought about making some nest boxes from cedar.....thought it might help keep mites and other bugs away.

    also,what is the ideal size nest box for large fowl chickens.....RIR,etc.?

    any advice will be appreciated
    Junior
     
  2. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Geee, I would think an aged ceder would be okay, as long as most of the oils have gone. I mean if that's what you have on hand to use, but if you have a chose I wouldn't take a chance...that wasn't much help huh? [​IMG]
     
  3. UrbanFarmerGirl

    UrbanFarmerGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cedar oils and dust are irritants when on the skin or inhaled, which is why wood shavings of pine tend to work better for the health of chickens or small animals. I would think a solid piece of wood wouldn't have as many issues with small particles and oils- but if it is fragrant I don't know if that would indicate a potential a problem or not. I made my nest boxes out of plywood. I painted the bottom for easier cleaning, and dust with DE to prevent mites. I then layer a thin layer of pine shavings, and then hay. I have never had any issues with pests or any health problems at all. Nest boxes are often 12 inches by 12 inches (1 cubic foot with a sloping roof so that they cannot perch on it). Good luck!
     
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have cedar nest boxes.[​IMG]
     
  5. Junior

    Junior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the advice.i appreciate it.
    i have access to other types of wood ( i just bought a small sawmill to help with clean up from the April tornados)...i just thought the cedar might help keep mites away.
    i guess i need to a little more research before i use cedar.
    thanks again.
    Junior
     

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