New to building coops..need advice from the seasoned chicken owners!

CherG07

In the Brooder
May 30, 2019
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White Settlement, Texas
I am finally building our first coop and I find myself wondering about the finer details like painting. ...What kind of paint do I use!? :confused: Obviously we all want our coops to stand the test of time and weather so what recommendations do y’all seasoned builders and owners recommend? I want to paint the inside as well as the outside. Or even stain it if there’s any good options out there for that. I won’t be painting the inside of the floor though. I will be gluing down a sheet of (now I don’t remember what it’s called)...old style flooring that looks like tile but it’s not. I’m so excited to fiiiinally be getting around to this project!! Thank y’all in advance :)
 

Jammy Dodger

Chirping
Jul 30, 2017
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Great to hear :celebrate I would recommend sealing the floor though with a good exterior water proofing. I sealed the interior of our girls sleeping quarters with BEHR Premium transparent water proofing wood finish 2 years ago and it still looks new and has never bothered them. Good luck!
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
12 Years
Nov 18, 2007
23,621
14,459
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Florida
My Coop
Everyone is different. Also the coop size will be determined by your future flock size. I did paint the inside and outside of my coops including the floors in the coops with floors. Check out the different coops in the BYC coop section and you will get a lot of ideas. Good luck and have fun...
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Nov 27, 2012
84,199
97,496
1,677
SW Michigan
My Coop
I am finally building our first coop and I find myself wondering about the finer details like painting
Paint is one of the least important details.
Size and ventilation come first in design priorities, IMO.

I will be gluing down a sheet of (now I don’t remember what it’s called)...old style flooring that looks like tile but it’s not.
Vinyl?
Don't glue it down, just tack it at the edges.
 

jreardon1918

Songster
Jul 13, 2016
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Southeast, MA
My Coop
For the outside I bought paint that was on sale and matched the house. The flat roof on the run, I slap a coat on each spring. The inside, the walls and floor are bare. The coop is quite dry. I had always intended to put vinyl on the floor. But that never happened and it seems where the floor stays dry, it is likely to last a very long time. So, don't stress too much over paint. YMMV.
 

Cindy in PA

Crowing
12 Years
Jul 8, 2008
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Fleetwood, PA
If you are using something like T1-11 siding, an opaque stain looks just like paint & doesn't peel off in later years. You just have to clean & re-stain once in awhile. My grey stained coop has only been stained 3 times in 26 years. If you use something like OSB, this will not work.
 

Cryss

Free Ranging
Nov 12, 2017
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Northwest New Jersey
Just curious. How far are you in your build? I'd love to see what you've done and watch your progress. I'm sure I'm not alone. Of course we want to see your chickens! (*blatent plug begging for pictures*)
I'm so close to the point of putting my chickens inside that I can taste it! I need locks, and trim to keep out gap drafts, and need to snap off tips of screws and nails so the gals don't injure themselves. They can go inside for a week while we continue the build of the breezeway between the coop and the run. Then paint! I have a thread with my veeerrrry ssslloooww progress. Oh, and I also sealed my floor with blackjack 57. Good stuff.
 

Criticalicious

Crowing
Feb 25, 2017
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New Market, VA
I painted the inside of my coop to make it easier to clean rather than bare wood. The floor has a sheet of glassboard which also scrubs clean easily.

For the inside of my coop I bought a latex paint from the clearance section of the hardware store. I wanted an outdoor paint but they only had indoor on clearance and the chickens don't care what color it is (it's pink). The roosts I painted with white Barn paint. The outside of the coop came painted with Behr outdoor paint. So far it's holding up well against the elements.
 

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