Does the color of the walls affect the chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TeaLady, May 1, 2009.

  1. TeaLady

    TeaLady In the Brooder

    May 9, 2008
    I'll be painting the inside of a new coop soon. Are there colors that make the chickens more peaceful & happy? I know colors affect people's moods but I don't know whether chickens are affected. I'm thinking greens & blues.
  2. deenamr

    deenamr Songster

    Jul 6, 2008
    Central Oregon
    I thought about this too. I thought of peaceful blues and greens but ended up with a very pale golden peach to add a sense of warmth in the winter. It is still light enough to be bright. Let us know what you decide.
  3. littlebowpeeps

    littlebowpeeps In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2009
    Oak Harbor WA
    I'm so thrilled to discover I'm not the only one that thinks of the chickens! Some friends of mine think I am bonkers! [​IMG]
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    If I were to paint the inside of a coop, I'd go with a darker color myself, although I usually go with bright colors for workshops and storage rooms. Dimmer light seems to help keep the chickens calm. Dimming the light is one remedy to discourage the start of cannibalism. I think the bright light makes it easier for them to see defects or spots to peck at.

    Purely personal opinion. Whatever you do will probably workout fine.

    Good Luck!!
  5. In art school they told me that red is a color of happyness (Think Mcdonalds)
  6. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Songster

    I understand chickens do see in color, but I sure hope they aren't affected by what is painted in the coop or I am in trouble. Here is my daughter's mural in the coop.
    My son calls it "Chicken Nightmares."

    Mine is painted a pinkish tan color on the inside, but only because it was left from a different project. I have not noticed any bad behaviors like pecking going on. A darker color would help to camouflage any mess that gets on the walls.

    I think with people light blues are greens are used for calming.

    Have fun deciding!
  7. TeaLady

    TeaLady In the Brooder

    May 9, 2008
    Hmmm. The dark color thing is interesting. I'd been thinking "light and bright" because we need to supplement the daylight hours for so much of the year here, but I guess it would still register as daylight even if the coop is painted "shady corner of the forest" dark.

    I'd wondered about red. I know there is a lot less pecking in the brooder if I use a red lamp instead of a clear one. There's a question of how much red Ib could take, though. [​IMG]

    Any more ideas? I'd like to get lots of opinions on this. Thanks, everyone
  8. flopshot

    flopshot Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    i painted mine with some leftover semi gloss. it's a color called "Apricot" by Glidden. haven't heard any complaints.
  9. michiganlarry

    michiganlarry Songster

    Apr 7, 2009
    Marine City, Michigan
    I just painted mine a very light shade of grey with bright orange trim. The chickens seem to be ok.
  10. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    White. Plain white will do.
    Anything else is all you. Your chickens won't care.

    It keeps it bright inside and you can spot 'funkiness' sooner.

    If you know how to make whitewash, thats recommended as it has antibacterial qualities.

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