linseed oil ok?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by luvpartridge, May 30, 2011.

  1. luvpartridge

    luvpartridge In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011
    is linseed oil okay to use around chickens?
    i wanted to use it to treat the fir 2x4s i used to build the run, bc i didnt want to use pressure treated wood.
    but i was worried about whether it would be toxic. and i was avoiding paint too...but maybe i shouldnt?

    thanks for any expert advice!
  2. Volvo Farmer

    Volvo Farmer In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2011
    We used linseed oil on the 2x4s in our run. Put 3 week old chickens in the run the next day, and every day since. 5 days later and nobody has died yet [​IMG]
  3. spotstealer

    spotstealer Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Poynette, WI
    Linseed oil will be fine, as will paint. Just be sure to allow it drying time. Although mine were very nosy (imagine that- a curious chick) and pecked at a few drops of paint that landed on the ground(latex enamel). She obviously didn't care for it, shaking her haed as if she were spitting it out... My neighbors must think I'm Cuckoo- imagine watching someone painting a chicken coop with a chicken standing on his shoulder. I guess that sisnce my wife wasn't around to supervise, mother hen was next in line!
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    1 Qt Turpentine
    1 Qt Boiled Linseed Oil
    1/2 Pt Pine Tar
    1/2 Pt Japan Driers

    this is what I use to stain my boats with I also finish the shovel handles and bush axes etc the smaller the boat the less pine tar I use it just makes the finish a darker color the more driers you use to a point the quicker it dries just the LO and turp will take about a month to finally dry all the way I have substituted mineral spirits for the turps and it worked well also
  5. luvpartridge

    luvpartridge In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011
    thanks for the recipe, that sounds great!
    do "japan driers" have any other name i could use in asking for them at a hardware store? i've never heard of them.
    thanks again for all the replies!

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