Hi, According to our city ordinance, we are required to whitewash the inside of the chicken coop in order to have it pass inspection. If it isn't whitewashed...we face fines and removal of any and/or all hens in our possession. Okay...I have no problem with whitewashing the inside of the coop, let me make that perfectly clear. I'm asking this question because I'm curious, nothing more. The reason I was given was that it "controls insect populations". Chickens eat insects...so I don't see how whitewashing would benefit a chicken coop. The only thing I can think of is that they're referring to some sort of insect that chickens don't eat? If so - what would those insects be? (not sure what bugs chickens don't eat) Also...does it have to be "hospital/asylum white" or can it be a really pale yellow? I did call Animal Control and was transferred to the appropriate office, but they didn't know the answer to this question. He just said "quite frankly ma'am I don't know". lol I don't mind the ordinance...I'm just wondering why it's there. Thank you in advance for any helpful, constructive and productive replies.