Possible cedar plank shelving in coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Beezer, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. Beezer

    Beezer Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I know you're not supossed to use cedar shavings for bedding in a chicken coop.

    I've been converting an old (10 years+) workshop into my coop. My boyfriend just mentioned today that he thinks part of the shelving in the new coop may be cedar, based on smell. Will this still be a problem? It's not nearly as strong as fresh shavings would be, but there is a faint woodsy aroma. What does it look like if chickens are having a reaction to cedar? Chicks are currently still in the brooder. Do I need to start from scratch with a new coop?
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls I'll be back after Christmas Premium Member Project Manager

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    I'm not certain about the cedar issues, but I was wondering if you could possible just remove the shelving?
     
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    KikisGirls I'll be back after Christmas Premium Member Project Manager

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  4. Beezer

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    Thank you. It looks like properly dried cedar planking usually isn't usually a problem.
     
  5. Beezer

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    The shelving is built into the structure, but if I wanted to be doubly sure, it sounds like I could seal it off with paint or sealant.
     
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  6. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam Still learning Premium Member

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    We used some cedar dividers for the nesting box. We plan to paint but have not done so yet. They were dry boards.

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    ScottandSam Still learning Premium Member

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    Yes it can be painted or sealed.

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