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Linolium and vinyl will break down over time, and it can be a relatively short time. As it breaks down, moisture WILL get under it and can do damage to a wooden floor. Paint is OK, but it really doesn't seal the gap where the walls meet the floor. I would not use caulk, because as it ages, it starts to come loose, and as was mentioned, the chickens WILL notice and try to eat it. What I use, and IMO, it is THE best cover and protector of a chicken coop floor, Is a rubberized roof coat product I got from LOWES (Blackjack #57). This is the stuff used to seal roofs. If it can stand up to 4 seasons of all kinds of weather on a roof, from super cold to blazing heat, protecting a chicken coop floor is nothing to this stuff. It totally seals the floor gaps, and the gap where the walls meet the floor with a coat of rubber. The gap where the walls meet the floor is where insect pests like to hang out. They can't do it when the gap is sealed shut. And it is NOT slippery.
I have had this product on my coop's floor for over 2yrs, and it looks as good as the day I put it down, although I only get a look at it twice a year when I clean out and replace all the bedding/shavings. To apply, I just dumped a big dollop on the floor and pushed it around with a roller. I applied a heavy coat to the whole floor. If I wanted to, I could fill my coop with an inch or so of water. You want the BEST floor cover/protector, This is the way to go.
Is this safe odor-wise? Will it emit toxins or odors when it gets hot out?
Blackjack is the right stuff. Its rubberized roofing tar. Goes down easy, I even put it up the walls a bit, it gets covered with the chips. Had it for years and I have very happy and productive hens. Once cured it does not smell even on hot days. Wood needs to be dry when applying and reasonably warm. Needs to be well mixed with a drill and paint paddle. Easiest decision on my whole hen operation.
There isn't really any odor when applying it that I can remember. The inside of my coop has been up to around 100F and I've never had any issues... It's also been down to -10F or so. No issues there either. If you plan on using it within days of purchase, have the paint dept shake it in their machine for you... TWICE, the first time UPSIDE DOWN. It should stay mixed for ~ a couple of days.
Edit to add: Greetings @jjw33 from the front range in Colorado. & the thread! Sit a while and look around.
Edited by Latestarter - 10/17/15 at 6:23pm
I just gave my floor a second coat last week, and the odor was very minimal during application. I wore a painting particulates mask over a blue hospital type mask, because I get migraines easily. I would rather NOT have a migraine so I wore the masks as a precaution. Most people would not need to wear one. (Let alone TWO! ) Like @latestater said, there really wasn't much odor. And like @JackE said, this IS the way to do your coop floor! My one suggestion would be to make sure you don't have large gaps that the blackjack 57 will just ooze through. (I think @Wthrlady would concur as well ;~) I should have pre-filled the largest gaps in my coop with caulk or something prior to applying the blackjack to prevent that. But it's done now and I love it!
AND, I absolutely concur about getting the paint dept. to shake it a few minutes, and/or get a GOOD wide sturdy drill type mixing paddle. You'll be glad you did!
Image on left is newly applied and still wet, image on right is after it dried. You can see my dusty and completely removable footprints where I crossed to remove the painters tape from the back wall.
One more thing, and anybody that's used this product will have probably already noted.....I switched out the lid to a 5 gal paint bucket lid as those have a pour hole with screw on caps. Very handy to just tilt, pour and spread the blackjack.
Edited by Chipper Chicken - 10/18/15 at 10:56am
Yes I'm thinking of using a small heater and heat lamps because the temp is a low of 31 tonight i think it will stay pretty warm in coop/barn we haven't yet cut holes for more windows or duck door... thanks bunches for replying
My new coop/barn