great stuff sealants

aschmude

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Does anyone have info on Great Stuff sealant? There are gaps in my coop and I was going to use Great Stuff but cannot find any information on whether it's toxic to chickens.
 

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I have not but If this product has a strong odor, I would apply it and let it fully cure so that the chickens are not exposed to the fumes. You might contact DOW and ask directly but other similar products do tend to have strong fumes and if it requires you to wear a respirator or avoid fumes or any mention of good ventilation then you can do yourself a favor and not use it wet around your chickens.

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Caroline
 

ChickenCanoe

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It's probably is toxic. There are two kinds, low expansion (for window frames and the like) and high expansion. Both are probably not good for them to eat and they probably will.
Where are you located and why are you worried about gaps? Gaps IMO help add ventilation.
 
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aschmude

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I am in Virginia. The gaps are around the chickens house, mainly the roof. I want to seal them up for winter protection.
 

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Please don't. The chickens need ventilation much more than warmth.
What breeds do you have?
It gets well below 0 here and my coops have big open windows and gaps year round. I've lost chickens to heat but never to cold. When chickens live in a tight building they can suffer from respiratory illnesses.
One of my chicken keeping friends here has a nice tight coop and a covered run with roosts in both. Last winter (her first with chickens) her hens never spent one night in the coop, preferring the roost in the run. They were and still are quite healthy with the fresh air.
The gaps around the roof will allow the moisture and ammonia in the coop to vent off.
As long as the gaps don't allow rain to enter, I wouldn't change a thing.

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Most of the breeds people own were developed in cold climates and open barns long before there was a means to keep them warm.
They didn't die and we shouldn't worry.
 
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aschmude

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I will take your advice. As far as the breeds, to be honest, I am not really sure. There are spots I may have to seal to prevent rain from coming in but otherwise I will leave everything else as is.
 

aschmude

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Thanks! What a great site this is especially for first time chicken owners like myself.
 

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I will take your advice. As far as the breeds, to be honest, I am not really sure. There are spots I may have to seal to prevent rain from coming in but otherwise I will leave everything else as is.

Chickens are jungle fowl rather than house pets and need fresh air.

Preventing the rain from coming in is very important. Rain intrusion causes wet bedding - not good.
Chickens give off a lot of moisture in the form of respiration and feces. That creates humidity and in a tight coop, a good environment for pathogens to prosper and the cause of frostbite in winter. Add rain intrusion to that making matters worse. A good overhang with roofline venting usually works.
 

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