Cedar siding

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kathy1, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Kathy1

    Kathy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know cedar shavings are a no no, but what about a coop/shed that has cedar siding? Would that be ok?
  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    Cedar siding should have aired out and should not bother the chickens. I built my coop out of cedar 8 months ago and my chickens are fine.
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Cedar siding would be an excellent choice. Won't bother chickens and you don't have to paint it.
  4. Kathy1

    Kathy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a chance to look at and possibly get one that is cedar sided and maybe have a cedar post inside, but it has been outside for maybe a year or so. So it should be fine?? aired out enough?
  5. glassparman

    glassparman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2008
    Mojave, CA
    I built mine from cedar siding, the type that is commonly bought at the hardware store for fencing. It does not bother the chickens because they can't eat it. They have never seemed to peck at it either.

    Here is the link to my coup on this site.


  6. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
  7. Kathy1

    Kathy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Those are great pages and pics thank you for posting them. I was under the impression that cedar was bad for them to breathe in because of the vapors. What is the difference between shavings and siding?? Is it just aired out??
  8. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    Shavings have the oil within them and they are in a sealed plastic bag so cannot air out at all. Those oils put off a vapor that is bad for our birds to breath. The birds are right down in them with their faces and scratching and breathing it in.

    With cedar boards they have been out to the air and dried out.

    My coop is cedar and does not have a cedar odor at all. Has not bothered my birds and looks great !!!!!
    I didn't put my birds in it for 2 weeks of hot weather to make sure there wasn't a problem. i used cedar boards meant for fencing.

    I did not make my perches or nesting boxes out of cedar. I used pine.

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