Neighbor has cedar mulch, should we be worried?

Phantom_k9

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I have heard some pretty bad things about cedar shavings / mulch, concerning chickens. We let our flock free range, and they tend to cross the road (we haven't found out why) to our neighbors across the street, and they hang out in the shade and dig around their existing mulch. Just the other day, they told us that they are going to be putting cedar mulch around their trees and bushes. We really can't stop our flock from going over there, so I hope this isn't going to be an issue.

Our flock consist of 2 roos and 2 hens (we're trying to find a home for one of the roos), each about a year old. I figure that as long as the mulch is outside, the chickens should be fine and will probably learn to steer clear of it. However, I wanted to double check with some more experienced chicken owners before we proceed. If the mulch would still be a problem for our flock, how should we proceed? Any advice is much appreciated!
 

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I doubt if it would be a problem outside. The usual concern is to not use cedar beeding inside a coop because of the fumes. But I was doing some reading recently, and I think the real evidence of if it is actually toxic or not is lacking. I have never used it since I have played it safe with pine shavings which give off less gases. Here is an article about pros and cons of different bedding:
https://www.chickenwhisperermagazine.com/the-chicken-movement/bedding-for-your-chickens
 

Phantom_k9

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I doubt if it would be a problem outside. The usual concern is to not use cedar beeding inside a coop because of the fumes. But I was doing some reading recently, and I think the real evidence of if it is actually toxic or not is lacking. I have never used it since I have played it safe with pine shavings which give off less gases. Here is an article about pros and cons of different bedding:
https://www.chickenwhisperermagazine.com/the-chicken-movement/bedding-for-your-chickens
Thats good news! I'll take a look at that article you attached.

I've just heard a lot of bad things about cedar with chickens and I wanted to make sure they would be ok
 

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