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Got a massive pile of fence wood and decking bits left over, will this be suitable for making bird boxes or are they impregnated with harmful stuff?

Anyone know?

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On 26/10/2020 at 21:15, Biker said:

Got a massive pile of fence wood and decking bits left over, will this be suitable for making bird boxes or are they impregnated with harmful stuff?

Anyone know?

The decking is probably 'tanalised' to make it last longer, and if it is, this can be harmful to birds. If the fence wood is weathered it should be OK to use...I use old feather edged fence boards to make roofs for some of my boxes. I've just got hold of a load of untreated sawn 6" x 1" (my mate got it from Pinewood studios where it was being binned) in 4 foot lengths which I'm going to use for bird boxes. I use a water based fence paint for the outsides (the insides are left plain) as it's harmless to the birds. B&Q were selling off 9l tubs of Johnsons red cedar fence paint for £3 a pop a few weeks ago and I bought one specifically for the boxes.

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1 hour ago, Biker said:

I did think it might be harmful but a lot of sites on line are saying it's fine, I think I'll sit on the side of caution though.

Cheers Rog.

It's probably OK as long as it's weathered or at least a couple of years old...brand new, it will still contain the fresh solvents and chemicals used for the preservation process...and the vapours 'could/might' cause adverse affects to the birds confined within.

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33 minutes ago, Roger the Dodger said:

It's probably OK as long as it's weathered or at least a couple of years old...brand new, it will still contain the fresh solvents and chemicals used for the preservation process...and the vapours 'could/might' cause adverse affects to the birds confined within.

Yeah, makes sense.

Cheers Rog.

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