How do you seal the inside of the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kmdsparrow, May 13, 2010.

  1. kmdsparrow

    kmdsparrow Chirping

    May 10, 2010
    We are in the process of building a coop and wonder if we should paint or somehow seal the inside? I saw one that had linoleum on the floor. Any advice?
  2. bfrancis

    bfrancis Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Many people on this forum are very keen on linoleum or vinyl flooring, but having both that (preexisting) AND just plain painted plywood AND bare cement floors, I don't honestly see that vinyl is a particular advantage over just a good coat o' paint. If you can get a scrap piece for free, sure, why not; although it's still smart to paint the surface underneath it, especially if it is OSB rather than plywood.

    But a good prime-and-paint job (THIN not thick coats) works just fine [​IMG] Often you can find leftover dribs and drabs in the basement, or someone else's basement, or for cheap at Habitat for Humanity stores or your municipal recycling center, or buy cheap mistints... no need for full retail unless you just have your heart totally set on doing the coop in "Sea Pearl" or "Burnt Almond" or whatever <g>

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. TheGardenCoop

    TheGardenCoop In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I agree with Pat. If you expect a LOT of traffic (both human and chicken feet) and/or a lot of moisture, the linoleum may be worth it. In our two coops, the henhouses are raised, so it's just chickens in there. We used OSB for the floor of one and plywood for the other. A coat of primer and a couple coats of quality exterior latex works great to seal either material.
  5. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    If you prime and paint the interior of your coop, it will be substantially easier to clean. Poo simply washes off with soapy water and only a few spots will need scrubbing. Not so with bare wood. If you prefer the look of wood, I like to use a good coat of linseed oil/mineral spirits to give it a barrier against moisture/poo.

    I didn't go with linoleum because I'm hopelessly cheap -- I just primed and painted the floor when I was done with the walls. It has held up well for the last few years.

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