safe woods for stalls

Asked August 26, 2015, 4:06 PM EDT

We have been given a truckload of dried cherry wood lumber. Can we safely use this to build stalls and floors for horses, goats, pigs, chickens, turkey, guinea fowl?

Pennsylvania horses livestock chickens goats

1 Response

I personally would not use cherry wood for horses. Cherry trees have cyanide-containing compounds in leaves, fruit and pits. The Horse magazine has an article dated in 2002 regarding toxic trees. http://www.thehorse.com/articles/12962/which-trees-are-toxic. It would also be a good idea to contact your local extension agent and inquire of their knowledge regarding cherry trees toxicity to animals.