1. Diggidy

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    I am making a coop and plan to paint it barn red and white, original i know, but i have to figure there is some utility to these common choices other than nostalgia. I have some questions about both.

    I hear white wash has antibacterial qualities and is easy to clean. Does it hold up will in rain and against the intense Arizona sun?

    Is what is referred to as "barn red" a paint along the same lines?

    Are there brands that are better than others?

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a paint called Barn Red. I got mine at Ace Hardware. It was cheaper than most paint, and I think I was told that it's less toxic.

    I just used a white paint for trim that I had laying around.
     
  3. Diggidy

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    So just any old oil based paint?
     
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, you mean for the white? I used exterior latex. I didn't paint the inside of my coop. Sorry. Did you mean the white for the inside?
     
  5. Primo

    Primo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just get a quality exterior paint. Don't over think it. Birds and chickens in general are attracted to the color red. Maybe this is where the utility of the color came from. I doubt it as I seem to remember reading that way back in the day certain color pigment paints were just cheaper to obtain and often this is what was used. (red and white perhaps?)
     
  6. OScarlet

    OScarlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't use alkyd enamel, it took more than 16 hours to start to dry. UGH.
     
  7. MyLittleRedCoop

    MyLittleRedCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have painted 2 chicken coops.
    The first one I spent a boat load at a big box do-it-yourself store on top quality exterior enamel. I primed it with kilz. It took 5 coats (!!!) to get a good solid red. Even after all that, it peeled after the first winter.
    The second one, I went to fleet farm and bought the cheap barn paint, pre-tinted and self priming. It cost waaaay less. It covered in 3 coats and has had no chipping a year later. If you have a fleet farm, go there! Otherwise find a "farm store" and ask for a good barn paint. ;)
    The white you are thinking of for inside is lime / whitewash. It does have disinfecting qualities but you have to be careful when it gets wet (eg:floor) as it can cause severe burns.
    Good luck!
     
  8. Jynuine

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    Im in Gaston, yaychicks- That Ace on the corner of 47? I'm looking at painting the coop red and white, also- using lime for the white. I need to whitewash the inside of the coop again because we have over 15 cornish and those guys poop a TONNNNNN!
    We are also going to have to repaint our barn.
    I wonder if Wilco has the barn red?
     
  9. Lockdown199

    Lockdown199 Out Of The Brooder

    Lowes has a paint called barn and fence red nothing fancy.
     
  10. Jynuine

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    The only lime that would cause burns is the lime you use in gardening, not whitewash. You should be using hydrated lime- it cures and shouldnt 'burn' anything if it gets wet.
     

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