Best inside the coop=Paint, Varnish, Shellac

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Markp1964, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. Markp1964

    Markp1964 Out Of The Brooder

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    What is the best interior surface finish-or is raw wood better?
     
  2. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is more than a few schools of thought about this. Some feel that it's best to paint all wood surfaces to reduce the amount of hiding places for mites, and as long as the paint is not peeling it's great. Some think that untreated wood is the safest. Some like a washable surface and put vinyl up on the wall or some other simular material.
     
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    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. TundraChick

    TundraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IMO

    I like plain exposed wood..you can dust with DE for mites. If you paint or varnish the chickens will peck it off.

    I have heard that the glue in vinyl flooring can harbor mites which are then hard to get to to kill.
     
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    I'm using a food grade Diatomaceous Earth whitewash in our playhouse coop (pest deterrent). I apply the whitewash to all the roosts (helps dry the poo quicker).

    Recipe:

    1 cup food grade DE to half a gallon of water.

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    Hope this is some help!

    Dawn
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I've pained everything with wood stain or latex wood stain. Chickens don't peck it off and it keeps the wood healthier longer.
     
  7. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thank you, I have always wondered exactly what whitewash is - now I know! So the value of it is - no chemicals?

    Phyllis
     
  8. spottedtail

    spottedtail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two or three coats of MinWax polyurethane is by far the best interior finish I've ever used.

    Poly gives an extremely durable hard shell finish that's smooth and easily cleaned. And it's waterproof plus it gives a nice golden glow when applied to bare wood.
    Use the exterior or spar type of course...

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