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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cw, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    i know your not supposed to use treated luber, what happens if you do

  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Nothing at all happens. Weve always used treated lumber and never had any kinds of problems. [​IMG]
  3. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    yea thats what i thought i am gonna build my roost for my coop with treated post that are a little on the small side for fencing
  4. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    ??? We use treated lumber, too.

    It does shrink though, as it dries out.
  5. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    I think you might be thinking of ceder. The fumes can cause problems for chicks. Still, people use ceder bedding, to keep bugs away, with no problem. So you might have been thinking Ceder lumber use.
  6. clayhill

    clayhill Songster

    Nov 17, 2008
    Lee County, Arkansas
    It's my understanding that treated lumber is okay with the exception of nest boxes and roosts, you should use untreated wood for those. Someone else may have a different (and more reliable) advise for you, but that's what I was told.
  7. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    I would not use pressure treated lumber for roosts as mentioned. Roosts come into contact with relatively little moisture and there is no chance that it will rot out from under your birds. Preventing rotted wood is the sole purpose of using PT wood.

    The birds spend a third or more of their lives with their feet gripping the roost. Why expose them for that much time to chemicals that are completely unnecessary for the use you propose?


  8. jubylives

    jubylives Songster

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    Cedar has not been proven to be harmful. Pressure treated green lumber is treated using cyanide. A nasty substance. I do have it in my coop but not accessable to the chickens to play it safe although I do not believe it will be harmful after drying. The worry although small) would be fluid coming from the lumber or shavings. Just make sure you cut the lumber away from the chickens. Oh and use a dust mask yourself when using it and wash your hands afterward. Better safe then sorry.

  9. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    Actually cedar lumber is safer to use than the cedar shavings since the lumber puts off way less fatal fumes than the shavings does.

    I am going to use some treated lumber on my ducks breeding cages, just for the frame since it will be out in the weather.
  10. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN

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