PLEASE HELP!! Cedar okay for chickens??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by GertiesMommy, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. GertiesMommy

    GertiesMommy Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay so I rescued a young RIR hen and I have decided right now that I only want one chicken so I am going to keep her as a house pet for right now. I have been keeping her in my spare bathroom but with my parents coming to stay with me I won't be able to keep her in there. I have a fairly large cedar sauna in my bathroom that my husband and I don't use at all, if the door is left open is it safe to make that my hens own little "bedroom." I would keep it very well ventilated and sanitized and she would only be in there at night. I have heard that cedar isn't good for chickens because of the odor it emits but my sauna does not have an over whelming smell at all. Would it be safe to keep her in there at night?? Please help!
     
  2. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

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    Cedar is actually fine for chickens! I don't think you would have any problems keeping her there ^^
     
  3. Fletch83

    Fletch83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it has to do with the aromatic odors that come from the oil in cedar. You might get some conflicting opinions on this as some believe it can cause respiratory illness without proper ventilation.
     
  4. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

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    If she were to close the door yes, but if she keeps it clean and ventilated it should be fine! And its only for a night :)
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    With door open (covered by mesh to keep hen in there?), and bathroom well ventilated, it should be OK.
    Close the door and you may have a 'canary in the coal mine' scenario.
     
  6. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may have a bit to do with cedar odor, but more to do with splinters found in cedar chips and shavings. Birds, including chickens like to roost in cedar trees because it helps keep pests (bugs) off them. Same deal with dogs. Cedar is fine as long as they are unable to get the splinters.
     
  7. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What would it have to do with splinters?
     
  8. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very small splinters get in their feet and eyes. Very irritating.
     
  9. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not meaning your sauna..whole different story. I am sure it would be fine. :)
     
  10. silky ma

    silky ma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The problem with cedar is the volatile aroma. I use the pure oil to get rid of creepy crawlies both on them and when fogging the coop. I also use this chips lightly under the bedding with no problems because I VENTILATE!!!!
     

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