Do you paint your roosts?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cicene mete, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. cicene mete

    cicene mete Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    I am thinking about painting our roosts to make them easier to clean. Do you paint yours? If so, what kind of paint should I use? I want something without a lot of toxins that will be very easy to clean.


  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Actually IMO paint does not add any real benefit, and indeed could make it *more difficult* to clean, because you'd be worrying about not damaging the paint [​IMG]

    I find that a reasonably smooth crack-free roost (such as a 2x4 or de-barked dead tree branch in good condition) scrapes clean pretty well, when needed. If it needs occasional more intensive work, or spot cleaning, a damp rag or sandpaper does the job just fine.

    I don't honestly get much poo on my roosts, tho, and when there is, it's usually just a little blop that you can just knock off without a mess. The only things that need scraping, for me, are the fairly rare cecal-poo-that-happens-to-splort-onto-the-roost.

    Good luck, have fun,

  3. wannabe_goatmom

    wannabe_goatmom Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Wellington KY
    My roosts are not painted. My husband made me a really cool scraper out of an old broom handle and an old plastic putty knife. It works great, my chickens are only 7 weeks old so they still poo on the roosts sometimes. I'm hoping as they get older they will hang over and not get so much on the roosts. [​IMG]
  4. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    My roosts are not painted. However, they ARE covered with linolium for ease of cleaning. Birds arent bothered, and the poop cleans a bit easier off them.

    Looking back tho, I should have covered the whole roost in lino [​IMG] They like to sit on the supporting beams and I am constatly scraping and cleaning them.

    Here you can see what I mean kind of... my husband has removeable 2x4's that he made into roosts, and we covered them with the lino. But the way he has them bracketed in, some like to sleep on the bare wood part, and that gets a little icky at times. When we get a new coop next year, we wil be making changes to the roosts...that is one change there lol

    Last edited: Sep 15, 2009
  5. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    I use flat 2 x 4s. Since I powder them with DE, there is no build up that can't be knocked onto the dropping board with a light touch.

  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I never have to clean my roosts. They seem to wear it off by climbing up and down the ladder or moving on the roosting boards. The sawhorses I use do get some on them but I just tip them over and it usually falls off if it is dry.
    The sawhorses are painted but the roosting boards aren't except for one and I can't tell it makes any difference.[​IMG]
  7. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I sanded my roost smooth and rounded off the corners. Instead of paint, I give mine a good coating once a year with a mix of mineral spirits/linseed oil. The oil gives a bit of moisture to the wood, coats it in a waterproof barrier (so any big poos can just be flicked off with a dust pan) and gives the underside of the roost an inhospitable environment for any mites that think they want to make a hotel out of my chickens. The mineral spirits helps the oil absorb into the wood and then it dries and evaporates. Truth is, I've never cleaned my roost. I have, however, scraped off any big poos so they don't lay/stomp through them.
  8. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Songster

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    we use a 2x4 and no paint.. i use a car snow ice scraper to get the poo off.. works great
  9. DragonFeathers

    DragonFeathers Songster

    Jul 27, 2009
    I have 2x4's on the flats that are painted with white outdoor latex(sp) paint, they poop on it, walk it in and I take a putty knife to it to clean it off, I should have painted it camo [​IMG]

  10. jafo

    jafo Songster

    May 2, 2009
    We use 2x3 roosts set at a 45 deg angle or so. I allowed 12 inches between each bird, and 8 inches off the wall so's not to ruffle thier tail feathers. No paint, and because there's a 16 inch difference in the "drop points" there's no surprises on the roosts, almost ever.

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