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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Stacyc, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. Stacyc

    Stacyc In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2013
    Hi everyone, I have been visiting your awesome web sight for about a year now learning all I can about chickens. My coop will supposedly be ready in a month and am so excited to get my chickens and a few guinea hens for tick control. I live in Minnesota near the river so the ticks are many. You guys have so much practical info that its been really helpful. After much reading my question is this, my future hens will be free ranged on four fenced in acres, on said property are numerous white cedar trees and some other type of cedar trees along with ash and a few remaining elms. Earlier in the year my husband and I cut down quite a few just so we can keep the land manageable before everything gets to huge. It's amazing, like my own personal park. We chipped up many of these trees and have numerous piles of cedar chips scattered in a few areas in the woods, the girls will have access to these areas, I have read that cedar is bad for the birds, is this true only in enclosed areas and can they be harmed by being around the chip piles in the outdoors? Thank you for your input and look forward to posting pictures of my girls and their new home.
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    [Welcome to BYC from California wine country in the Western Sierra Foothills! :frow

    Cedar chips are fine in open spaces. :)
  3. My3ChicksMBD

    My3ChicksMBD Chirping

    Aug 30, 2013
    Welcome!!! I'm new too!!! I hope you like it around here!!! :)
  4. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Songster

    Sep 1, 2012
    Hello from Oregon & welcome to BYC. Cedar causes repertory issues in lots of animals. From what ive researched and heard from different people Cedar has an aromatic oil in it that will irritate their respiratory system. Lots of people use pine although Pine can cause irritations as well but its said to be linked to an allergen. Your ventilation is important. Ive never had an issue with Pine.
    When my new coop is built im going to use sand on the floor & shavings in the nest boxes. Do lots of research & best of luck with your flock [​IMG]
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. What gryeyes said, "cedar chips are fine in open spaces".
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, stacyc, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! Best wishes to you and your flock!
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  10. Stacyc

    Stacyc In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2013
    Thank you for the input and greetings.

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