Do I paint the roost???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by donnap1967, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. donnap1967

    donnap1967 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2008
    Northern NJ
    I am nearing completion on my chicken coop but I wasn't sure if I am supposed to paint the roost. It is a 2x4 that runs the length (about 6 feet) of my coop. I thought it would make for a tad bit easier cleaning if I paint it, but I don't want to make it slippery for the chickens.

    So do I paint it or leave it natural?
  2. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2008
    I left mine natural. They do get messy, but clean up easily with a paint scraper.
  3. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Ours are old wooden grain elevator ladders. We did not paint them. I just scrape them off when its coop cleaning time.
  4. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    if you did want to paint it, just for aesthetics, you could sprinkle some sand on it while the paint is still wet to give it some grip. could help prevent bumblefoot, too. [​IMG]
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Actually, sand on the roost would cause bumblefoot, not prevent it. Any abrasion, then jumping down into poopy shavings can start up bumblefoot, trust me. I started a cycle of bumblefoot years ago when I put non-skid tape (like sandpaper) on a PVC pipe in front of the nestboxes. When I realized the goof, I removed it and put a 2x4 there instead. BUT, the cycle started and it was a pain to get anywhere with eradicating it.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  6. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Our roosts are a motley collection of 2x4s and rustic branches. Nobody seems to care.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I have not tried painting a roost but suspect the paint would tend to get scratched off anyhow, from the chickens' toenails or claws or whatever we're supposed to call them.

    Mine are all nekkid plain wood (2x4s or wide dead treebranches) and work just fine. If a serious cleaning were needed, I'd use a scraper or sandpaper on 'em; if mites got into crevices I'd use oil. Not sure that paint would provide any real benefits.

    Good luck and have fun,

  8. DougD

    DougD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2007
    Make sure the wood is smooth and don't bother to paint it as their claws scratch it up too much anyway.
    Actually a piece of 1x strapping nailed flat on the edge of the 2x4 is better for adult chickens as it gives them something to wrap their toes around.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  9. donnap1967

    donnap1967 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2008
    Northern NJ
    Thanks everyone for all the replies! I left the wood au naturale. [​IMG] So far nobody has even tried out the roost yet but I am sure in time they will love it.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    One thing I do besides leaving mine natural (but sanded smooth) is to oil them. Obviously, not heavily and you must leave time before they go to bed for the oil to be absorbed. That way, the poop is easier to clean off. I use mostly veg oil with a few drops of tea tree oil as a bug deterrent.

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