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Old Sunday 10th June 2018, 19:02   #1
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General question about safe materials for bird houses. I re recently replaced much of my wooden fence. The old wood is 15+ years old. I'm sure it was originally treated and am wondering if it might be safe to use to build bird houses from. I know recently treated wood is not safe but just wondering if the danger is gone by now.
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Old Sunday 10th June 2018, 19:32   #2
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dont risk it. cca treatment used to include arsenic, these days other pesticides and fungicide. even stains and paints give off fumes for ages especially where confined.
when i was learning carpentry i was taught that some woods themselves are bad for health so stick to cypress and pine. you may find offcuts of cypress for siding (weatherboards/cladding) cheap enough if available where you are. your local varieties are slightly different to northern cypress so check for toxicity with merchants and use dust mask anyway.

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Thanks, I'll take that advice.
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I've always used untreat spruce or pine.
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Old Monday 11th June 2018, 17:25   #5
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aye and i forgot cedar. did parts of my my house in it, it doesnt rot and only some minor shrinks and splits in full Aussie sun so would be fine for birdhouses. goes a lovely grey which would be good neutral colour and camouflage
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