1sttimer

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Feb 15, 2010
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is red cedar ok for the nesting boxes??? could it harm the chickens at all??? thanks
 

Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
11 Years
Sep 7, 2008
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Cedar lumber is OK, just not cedar shavings, and there is some controversy about that. The problem with the shavings is the large surface area gives off that distinctive cedar odor that can cause respiratory issues as churckx3 said. Ventilation is important. Painting can make it easier to clean.

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churchx3

Songster
9 Years
Mar 30, 2010
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Georgia
What I have read is that you can use a semigloss or glossy paint as that helps with cleaning...for the nest boxes I plan on using probably pine straw or shredded newspaper ....I use sand in my coop and run. Started out with pine shavings in the coop and thought I would use the deep litter method but read so much positive on the sand that I switched about 3-4 weeks ago. And I LOVE the sand...no odor, easy cleaning as the poo clumps, rake the run...I spend maybe 5 minutes on each coop a day cleaning the poo.
 

ourlittleflock

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10 Years
May 28, 2009
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North Carolina
cedar lumber is fine - I have built my whole entire coop from red cedar even their huddle boxes are red cedar - I just left the bottom open for air to vent and easy cleaning - BUT the areas where to chicken lay or roost is nature lumber (tree branch) or treated boards which is what i used inside the huddle boxes and then in the nest boxes...

this is just from my experience and my chicks/chickens are doing just fine
 

1sttimer

Songster
9 Years
Feb 15, 2010
201
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109
ok thank you guys so much i was getting worried that i need to find other lumber. phew
 

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