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#1 Posted : Sunday, May 25, 2008 11:59:23 PM
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I looked in the backyard chickens forum and found this:

The kind of cedar that some people say may be toxic to chickens is the kind used for shavings, which is Eastern Red Cedar, or Aromatic Cedar. (It's actually a juniper - Juniperus virginiana.)

This lumber on sale is Western Red Cedar, a different species. It's good for siding because like a good wife it's light and stable and will last longer than you will.

I can't imagine there would be a toxicity problem with it. It doesn't give off the fumes that Eastern Cedar does, siding doesn't have nearly as much surface area as shavings do, and it should be sealed for weather protection anyway.

I think your hen house should be fine...


#2 Posted : Friday, February 06, 2009 2:47:28 AM
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Crap!!!  I'm surrounded by red cedar trees; don't know whether they're Eastern or Western though I imagine they're Eastern as they're identical to the ones we had in WV.  Would I only need to worry about lumber and shavings, or could just having the trees growing around be dangerous to chickens???  I'd like to start layers this spring but don't have the money for another massive tree-removal project...
#3 Posted : Friday, February 06, 2009 2:47:28 AM
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I've read that I shouldn't use cedar shavings as they may be toxic to chickens, but what about a cedar hen house?  It's new and pretty aromatic - will it be a problem?  Thanks for any info you have!
#4 Posted : Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:04:58 AM
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I am completely agree with you gus about this matter.. 

#5 Posted : Thursday, March 26, 2015 4:37:39 PM
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My chickens love to hang out under the cedar tress thats where they dig their holes in the dirt for taking dust baths and they eat the berries when they fall on the ground... no ill effects.
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