Composite decking?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Justanother Brooke, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Justanother Brooke

    Justanother Brooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone used this in their coop? A lady I work with gave us a HUGE amount of 2x6's, mostly 8 foot lengths when she re-did her deck last year. I can't think of any reason it would be bad for the chickens, but wanted to know if anyone knew of any drawbacks. Or, if you have used it, how?
    We are attempting to build an 8x8 coop using as many recycled/freebie/cheap materials as we can. [​IMG]
    Thanks!
     
  2. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    ZERO drawbacks!! use it! in any way you can. building animal housing using new materials is absurd. I'm currently stockpiling used materials for my coop expansion [​IMG]
     
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  3. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

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    I can't think of any drawbacks, at all. Composite lumber would make a great coop. Won't rot like regular lumber, either! Congrats on the gift!
     
  4. jenesis536

    jenesis536 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I disagree... it would be really bad... you should ship it to me... my address is :

    Nah - that would be great! Wish I could get gifts like that!
     
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    No reason I can think of.
     
  6. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

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    Quote:x2!
     
  7. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    I use a strip all the way around the base of the coops I build to sell. Stuff never rots and keeps the wood from ground contact.
    Great find! [​IMG]
     
  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only thing I can think of (and this applies to treated wood, too) is to clean up any sawdust from cutting the lumber from any place your chickens can get to. You wouldn't want them pecking at and consuming a lot of sawdust.
     
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    It is not a good structural material at all. WAY too bendy. Only works for decks because there is so little space between joists -- and even so, you can't stretch the joists out as much as you can with 2" wood deck boards.

    Use it for a deck, or trade it to someone who wants to build a deck for something useful in exchange.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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