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Is Cedar Oil Safe For Birds?


We love animals here at Cedarcide. And not just common pets like dogs, cats and horses—we love them all. In fact, protecting animals and the environment from the toxic effects of traditional pesticides is a big part of what inspires us to do what we do.

Because many of our customers are bird owners, or use our products for agricultural reasons, we’re sometimes asked, “Is cedar oil toxic to birds?” The answer is yes—but it’s a little complicated. While we have customers who use our products to treat outdoor chicken coops and cages, our products are not formulated for birds, and therefore we suggest you do not use them on or for birds. When applied directly or otherwise used incorrectly, cedar oil can be toxic, even deadly to birds.

Cedar Oil And Birds

Cedar bedding and cedar oil are known to irritate birds’ delicate respiratory systems, and at high doses, can actually kill them. Birds are especially vulnerable to strong scents—like those found in essential oils, candles, and manufactured fragrances. Phenols, which are present in many of these strong-smelling items, are often the culprit: phenols are toxic to several small animals such as cats and birds. If you fear your bird may have been exposed to toxic fumes, look for the common signs of disease and illness in birdsFor a full a list of woods toxic to birds, click here.

How Is Cedarcide Cedar Oil Different?

Firstly, Cedarcide cedar oil never contains phenols or phenolic compoundsSecondly, because we use only the highest quality cedar oil sourced from only pet-safe cedar trees (Juniperus ashei, to be specific), our products are always all natural and non-toxic. Using a multi-step filtration process, our cedar oil is purified of all unnecessary contaminants and other potentially harmful ingredients. However, as mentioned before, cedar-based products should never be used directly on birds under any circumstance.

Pest Control For Birds

Even though Cedarcide products aren’t suitable for birds, there are several other natural options for protecting your pet birds or chickens from biting insects and parasites. From diatomaceous earth and bug-repelling plants, to apple cider vinegar and natural cleaning practices, there are many non-toxic and eco-friendly ways to reduce the insect populations that threaten your avian friends. For more info on natural pest control for birds, check out the following resources:

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2 comments

  1. I have no domestic birds, just outside songbirds who hang out in the trees. We also have bluebird and tree swallow houses. We are so tired of the ticks that are in our yard, and end up on us.

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      You are perfectly fine to use our lawn products (I recommend the Lawn & Garden kit linked below), as they will not harm or deter birds or other wildlife 🙂

      https://www.cedarcide.com/product/lawn-garden-insect-treatment-kit/

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