HELP! with mulching around the run...is CYPRUS OK??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by keeko, May 17, 2010.

  1. keeko

    keeko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK I'm no expert, but cyprus is a type of cedar, correct??

    I wasn't sure where to post this because it's sort of coop related, sort of managing flock related, sort of injury related (or preventative).

    Here's the deal: I want to mulch the area AROUND my run to keep the weeds down and make it look nice....but I have like 4 bags of cyprus mulch, and I know that cedar is not good for chickens...would it be OK to put the cyprus down around the run, if they aren't walking on it/pecking it. They'll be separated by a 4 x 4 ground post and hardware cloth. The only thing I'd be concerned about is if the wind blew some of the mulch into the run and they ate it...would this be a problem? Or if the odor from it around the run would bother their respiratory systems. Should I avoid it, or am I being too over-protective?
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Yup, no problems with it. A) cypress is a conifer but it is not cedar and not particularly resinous, and B) even cedar mulch is totally 100% ok outdoors [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  3. keeko

    keeko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PHEW! Good to know. I really didn't want to take it all back to Home Depot...

    Thanks Pat! You always have the answers to my newbie questions!
     

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