New Aviary->lumber, treated, or untreated.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by KansasKid, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. KansasKid

    KansasKid Songster

    Feb 7, 2010
    South East Kansas
    I'm building a new aviary and recently went to Home Depot, Lowes, and southerlands (pricey). Does anyone have any input about using untreated wood and painting it or using something to keep it from rotting rather than buying treated wood, it seems that the untreated wood and an occasional painting would actually be cheaper. So any input of people who have used either one or both would be great. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2010
  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:Based on my experiences only, anything buried or in contact with the ground should be treated for rot and insect protection, paint & etc just doesn't cut it. Above ground where you can keep an eye on it and repaint if needed, untreated was clearly superior! ( I had problems with other finishes not sticking good to treated wood) On the other hand if you don't keep decent paint coverage on untreated wood it can fail fast exposed to the elements.
  3. secretquail

    secretquail Songster

    Apr 11, 2010
    Chapel Hill
    I second that...if it is near the ground, it will rot. If you want to spend less, just buy the posts that are treated, and the rest you can keep painted.
  4. HottentotTeal

    HottentotTeal Songster 8 Years

    Apr 12, 2010
    I recently built my aviary and about 90% of it is is all treated wood. At the very least, make sure the posts and if you set up a sight barrier are treated.

    The only parts that are not treated on my aviary are some very thin 1x4 boards that i put on top of the seams of the posts to cover up the overlapping wire mesh.

    If they sold the 1x4s as treated, i would have bought them too.
  5. Featherland

    Featherland Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    I would say treated for anything touching the ground and untreated for everything else. I stain my wood and it seems to make the untreated wood more durable than painting it. Paint can eventually chip off whereas stain doesn't.
  6. KansasKid

    KansasKid Songster

    Feb 7, 2010
    South East Kansas
    Thanks for all the input, looks like I'm going with treated.

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