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.