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Cute chick roost training

cute chick on a roost stumbling

I installed a small roost training limb in the chicken pasture coop today.

Folks around here speak of a mysterious benefit from using cedar in chicken coops.

Someday I'll try to figure out the logic behind that Appalachianism. In the meantime I'll keep using cedar in future chicken tractors and coops just because it looks so good and feels very natural.

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Cedar is a pest repellent. Keeps the bugs off chickens as well as moths out of closets.
Comment by Errol Tue Apr 13 17:24:47 2010
That makes a lot of sense (and sounds vaguely familiar.) I wonder how much cedar you'd have to have in a chicken coop for it to make a difference?
Comment by anna Tue Apr 13 20:19:11 2010
my mom was telling me she heard it helps to decrease the mites that can sometimes be a problem for some chickens.
Comment by mark Wed Apr 14 19:58:06 2010

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