Is red cedar bedding ok for runs?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Teresaann24, May 8, 2009.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I bought 2 big bags of red cedar bedding to add to my runs for my adult chickens to cure my muddy run. I know cedar bedding is bad for brooders or coops but what about outside?
  2. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    I'd spread it in the evening after the birds are put up to give it that night to air.. Then it should be fine after that considering it's outside and the air flowing over it will disperse the aromatics.
  3. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Ok thank you, I was thinking about letting it air for about 24 hours. I hate to use it at all but I got this for free and I am on a tight budget trying to fix my muddy problems.
  4. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    Cedar isn't really good to us for animal any animal. Alot of people like to use cedar because it keeps away from bugs and such, but Cedar shavings/ give off 'fumes' are also toxic to chickens. By themselves, they may not cause problems, but they may affect the chickens respiratory system enough to stress them and make them more susceptible to other diseases that may be around.
  5. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Playground sand is supposed to be very effective for soggy, muddy runs and it's cheap!
  6. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    I wouldn't use it for the run. It might make it messier. I don't believe that cedar is as bad as some say although anything with an odor in an enclosed area in large amounts can be an irritant. Never seen anything to prove it is fatal. In summer months I toss a couple handfuls in the coop to freshen it up for several years now and everyone is fine.

    I'd agree with usinf pea gravel or a type of small gravel to shore up a messy run.

  7. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    PLEASE trust me that it will not help with mud problems.... it will just make it worse. The next time it rains all those shavings are going to be worked into the mud and then it's going to be like quick sand - really thick and sticky. I second using playground sand instead. [​IMG]
  8. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I ended up doing the Fine gravel on the mud and then a bag of play sand in each muddy run then I covered that with about a inch thick of pine shavings mixed with a little red cedar shavings. Oh how they loved it!...LOL I got 4 nice clean eggs today no more muddy legs and bums..LOL Thanks everyone for your advice.

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