Coop flooring issue

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dchronicles, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. dchronicles

    dchronicles Just Hatched

    Glad to join this site since moving to Joshua Tree for retirement past September. Have my 79 year old mother living here too and decided to bring chickens in for eggs and something to keep mom occupied. Chicks are now 5 weeks old and enjoying a few hours in run I built while building the coop (12fX12f). I do have a floor question if anyone could answer. I thought a porch paint might help in getting chick droppings cleaned instead of bare plywood, but have read so many articles on the net about potential fumes that could harm the chicks. Any suggestions would be appreciated as to best option for covering the plywood.... Thank you ....
     
  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Hello and Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join! Feel free to ask any questions you may have, this site is loaded with lots of useful information, I'm sure you will find answers to all your questions here!
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Once most paints and stains dry, they don't hold anymore odor. I would definitely paint this area and let it air off before you add your birds. If it still has odors you could always seal it with some sort of water sealer to keep all the smells in.

    You can also ask this question in our Coop and Run Construction forums for more input as well...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

    Enjoy this new journey you are on. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
     
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  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Great advice there for you from TwoCrows paint/stain and a sealant should preserve your floor for longer and make less repair work for you.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your coop and chicks. Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    I'm not sure what paint would be best for your coop, but Two Crows gave you some good advice. With my coop, I just have a plywood floor covered in a thick layer of wood shaving bedding.

    Good luck with your chicks!
     
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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC.[​IMG] I'm so glad you joined our community!

    You've received some good advice already from Two Crows.[​IMG]
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  8. beneduck14

    beneduck14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Glad to have you join this AWESOME community. Hope you find some good answers but looks like you have already found them right here! There's a lot of pros on this website! Have a great day![​IMG]
     
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  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Glad you have joined us.

    I didn't paint the coop floor, but used regular in house latex leftover paint inside on walls and on all nest box surfaces. Used exterior water based type stain on the roosts and coop exteriors. I used outdoor clear sealer on other woods. All dried overnight and had no fumes. I really think you can use whatever you want, newer stuff is lead free and baby safe now. Just let it all dry before the chickens have access.


    Some folks apply linoleum to the floors.
     
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  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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