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D. Moonstone
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I want to build a natural roof for my chicken barn, and am interested in cedar shingles, but am worried that the water I catch could be harmful to my chickens since I want to set up a drinking system for them with the rainwater. Any thoughts?
 
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Andrea Stone : Unless chickens are sensitive to Cedar oils, from fresh split Cedar shakes , (and then most of that oil was left behind in the bark ) AND someone
didn't tell me -Chicken coops have been shingled with cedar shakes for about as long as there have been white men in the Americas ! Don't think its a problem
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Thanks Al! So do you think people could drink it too then? It would be potable water?
 
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Andrea Stone : In the early days when 90% of people lived on a farm, The barn was sited where a good spring was located, the animals came first !

The farmers wife hauled all the water from the barn until a rain catchment system of gutters/eaves and down spouts was put in emptying into a cistern
tank in the basement.* There was an inside kitchen pump fed from the cistern and pouring directly into a sink or a tin basin !

Between rain falls the roof wood collect anything wind blown and of course bird droppings! If the farmer was mechanically inclined and the farmers wife
was lucky a pulley system was set up where the first several gallons were collected, weighing down a large pail that descended by the pulleys causing
redirection of the primary down spout so its discharge flowed into a second separate downspout flowing into the Cistern !

The great benefit to this system was rain water is soft water, and the kitchen cistern was the source of all the Farmhouses water

This was long before any one had heard of bird flu and were happy with soft water that L@@KED clean !

Volunteer to clean out a set of gutters so you can see what collects there today !

Having said all that, I would drink it if it was boiled, some people are more finicky ! For the good of the Craft ! Big AL
 
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What an interesting and detailed answer, Big Al! Thanks!

I'm mostly just worried about the wood oil from the cedar, but you don't seem to think it's a concern, so that sounds promising.
 
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Your concern is understandable since there do seem to be problems with chickens and cedar. Here's a discussion at the Backyard Chickens website that has a lot of information about it: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/99738/who-says-cedar-is-bad-for-chickens
 
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Ghislaine de Lessines : Thank you for that link, itoo can remember curls of cedar shavings under the chickens roosting bars, in my grandfathers hen house !

As The essential oils are only made within the living bark of the trees and i have a neighbor whose Hens roost with his Guinea Hens in his cedar trees I was
not concerned !

I will certainly take my time to look at this more thoroughly ! Thanks again Big AL !
 
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