Do I paint inside the nest box?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Pickles03, May 9, 2011.

  1. Pickles03

    Pickles03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Preparing my mostly built coop for the chickies.....painted the interior today to cut down on dust etc. like I have read to do.
    Stopped short of painting the nest box.....thoughts? Should I paint the nest box as well? Or leave it bare wood??
    All I could think of is broody hens picking at the walls.....
     
  2. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We painted ours. [​IMG] The coop was finished long before they arrived as chicks and they have been in there about 8 weeks and I haven't seen them picking at the paint, either in the nest boxes or on the walls. [​IMG]
     
  3. coppahed

    coppahed Out Of The Brooder

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    I would think it would make it easier to clean. my wooden nest boxes seem pretty absorbent.
     
  4. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

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    I dont have a problem with my boxes being not painted. I have a foam mat on the bottom of my boxes tho cause they where kicking out the shavings and cracking eggs on the wood. I super glued it down so it would stay. Its just a matter of preference i guess.
    *edit* I would put wood shavings down in your boxes too, fyi, cause the do soak up alot of the moister too.
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2011
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I would, it's a lot easier to clean poo off (yes, poo WILL sometimes get on the walls and floor of the box) and if you ahve a mite problem it is less likely to be difficult to solve; but it is not a big deal and if you don't want to paint then it will not make a huge difference.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  6. Wise Woman

    Wise Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had them both ways and the painted ones are easier to clean off. When we build our new coop, everything will be getting painted so I can scrub it out twice year. Just my personal preference.
     

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