Cedar question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sully707, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. sully707

    sully707 Out Of The Brooder

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    I got my coop in an area that used to be the dog run. in the winter it get pretty muddy, so i would scatter Cedar chips to soak up the mud and keep it a little less a mess. There are some chips still out there, but its been over a year since the last time i've scattered them and they are alls pretty weathered and covered with dirt/mud.

    Should i try to shovel or rake them all out or has their harmfullness passed?
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    If there ever *were* any volatile oils gonna cause problems they are long since gone by now. I would not worry in the slightest [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  3. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be safe and clean them out and for the outside run you can fill in with maybe sand or fill in with dirt so it doesnt collect water
     
  4. sully707

    sully707 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thats what i figured.

    Thanks
     
  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    Ill have to agree with Pat on this one. They will be fine to leave them in there.
     
  6. Silkiemama

    Silkiemama Out Of The Brooder

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    From what I understand about cedar wood, it's the fumes that would cause problems in birds and small animals - liver problems to be sure. Birds are really sensitive to any gasses or fumes. I would get rid of as much as I could before putting birds in there.
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Guys, the cedar chips in question are over a year old and have been outside in mud and water the whole time.

    There is NO WAY WHATSOEVER there could be any problem.

    Even if they were *fresh*, outdoors (which is where they are) they are not going to cause a problem because it is not a confined space.

    To the original poster: if you are at all concerned, pick up a handful of them. Sniff. Does it smell like a cedar chest? If it did, you might wish to be cautious. If it does not (and under the circumstances, I will bet anything you care to name that they do *not* smell cedar-y), then there are no volatile oils coming off them and thus no possible problem.

    (e.t.a. that normally I am one of the first people to say it's probably best *not* to use cedar chips, i.e. fresh ones, as coop bedding... so it's not like I'm not aware of the issues... [​IMG])

    Pat
     
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  8. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
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    Ive used cedar shavings in cages before that where well ventilated and never had anything get sick or die from it. [​IMG] And like Pat said, the cedar shavings are over a year old, theyve been out in the weather, and they wont cause any harm what so ever.
     
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  9. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ditto



    jeremy
     
  10. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you are fine, leave them in there, i have never had a problem inside and even fresh ones outside wouldnt do anything, they have fresh air, so year old ones are not going to do anything. Save yourself the work [​IMG]
     

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