Coop painting

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KathyL, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. KathyL

    KathyL Hatching

    Mar 14, 2010
    I am building a new coop. Any advise for painting or staining the inside where the chicks can get to it?
    My thought is to paint the outside and leave the inside unfinished.
    Is it worth painting the inside to make it easier to clean?
    I am worried about the chickens pecking the surface and eating paint.
  2. Bearsfan

    Bearsfan Songster

    Oct 21, 2009
    Hannibal, MO
    I painted inside mine and it really brightens the place up! (Well, OK, my wife did the actual painting)

    ETA: It is exterior white semi-gloss.

    Last edited: Jun 5, 2010
  3. emmak

    emmak Songster

    Apr 29, 2010
    North Central Texas
    I didn't paint the inside of my coop for the same reason you mentioned. I was worried about the hens getting hold of the paint and ingesting it.
  4. FiveHens

    FiveHens Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    We painted the inside of ours all high-gloss white exterior paint for easier cleaning, and to make it lighter in there. Also, it seals the treated plywood to make it safe for the chickies.

    I would think that them somehow pecking the treated wood would be worse than pecking the paint...well, I would do it. Our chickens haven't touched it, but we do keep an eye out.


    Sorry, not complete but partial shot of the inside.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2010
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It is way easier to clean a coop that's been painted inside. Also it is brighter, which makes wintertime decreases in daylength less severe of an issue.

    Chickens are not going to be ingesting paint unless you've let the paint get peely, which means that it's time to redo it ANYhow (and probably do a better job of it this time [​IMG]). If you prepare the surface properly (go over it with a tack cloth or similar, to remove dust and dirt; then apply a thin coat of primer, then a couple THIN coats of your paint) it will last a loooooooong time without peeling.

    Anyhow, the great majority of paints on the market today are basically nontoxic if ingested dry -- just avoid anything that says it contains mercury or mildewcides, which will be on the label.

    Good luck, have fun,

  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:[​IMG] Well of course she did. Men hate painting interior spaces for some reason... [​IMG]

    I didn't paint, but used a masonite type of paneling that serves the same purpose - much easier to clean!!! It's worth the little extra in time and money to make things easier in the long it does brighten up the place [​IMG]
  7. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Crowing

    Apr 11, 2009
    Newaygo Michigan
    Speaking of painting the inside of the coop...... I was wondering if I could paint the inside of mine even thought it is very humid and rainy outside. I have a deadline to meet and chickens coming on the 12th and no where to put them.
  8. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I white washed the inside of my coop....

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