Is cedar wood harmful for chicks?

Asked April 7, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

I have purchased some baby chicks and ducks, and we are looking into buying a coop for them. However, I have been reading different articles that say they cannot be around cedar wood. Is this a fact or fiction? We really liked one particular cedar house and know how well cedar stands up to weather, but if it will hurt them, we do not want to jeopardize their lives.

Gaston County North Carolina

1 Response

Using cedar shavings that the birds could eat is really the only concern. Using cedar wood or posts for coops and structures is not an issue. As you mention, the durability of cedar is very desirable. Cedar shavings in nests could also pass scents to eggs.