Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by #1California Chick, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    I have read on here that you shouldn't use cedar chips in the coop because they give off fumes that are bad for chickens.

    What about western Red Cedar wood for construction of the coop???

    Lowes has several Western Red Cedar sheds that I think would work for a coop. Lowes claims: "Western Red Cedar Is Non Toxic Making It Safe For All Uses". Is this true for chickens??

    It sure would make my life easier for building the coop, but I don't want my chickies to get sick or die!!

    Thanks for your input!!

  2. The oils in cedar make it toxic to chickens. I would not use cedar any where near my chickens. You are much better off building out of treated wood for the bottom and non treated for the rest.
  3. James Hudson

    James Hudson In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:Thanks for the advice
  4. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Thanks for your input!!

    Has anyone used a cedar shed?

  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    You can use cedar planks and building materials without issue as long as when you smell the air, it does not smell strongly. Wood chips have a high surface to volume ratio, and are often "fresh", as to give off high levels of phenols (the thing that irritates airways). If your cedar shed doesn't smell strongly like cedar, or is well ventilated enough that you can't smell the wood, it would be fine. However, if you can smell it, keep the cedar to things like beams, posts, or fencing.
  6. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Thanks SilkieChicken!!
  7. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    If that is lowe's cedar shed that is 4'x1'deep that is really not big enough imo. I would get one in another material that is larger
  8. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    I was looking at both the 4' by 8' and the 6' by 6'. I have eight chickens.

    My concern is whether or not the cedar wood would be a problem for the chickens.

  9. keeko

    keeko Songster

    Dec 22, 2009
    Asheville, NC
    I know I'm very late to the game on this post, but I thought I'd put my 2 cents out there in case anyone references this post in the future.

    Cedar should be avoided for chicks, but once they're adult birds, the cedar does not affect their respiratory systems quite as severely. I know several chicken keepers in my area that use cedar chips in the coop with absolutely NO problem. I also used cedar mulch around my run, and the girls were fine. They even pecked at it to get the crickets that live below. As long as the aroma is under control and not overwhelming, you should be OK.

    For chicks in a brooder, use pine instead [​IMG]
  10. Cargo

    Cargo Songster

    Sep 28, 2010
    Farmington, NM
    Only aromatic cedar is an issue with small animals.
    Construction cedar does not have enough cedar oil to cause a respiratory issue.
    There are many different types of cedar. Most will not cause an issue.
    Give it a sniff. If it does not have that strong cedar small it is fine.

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