Paint inside of coop? Too many different views... What do you think?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Farmer413, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. Farmer413

    Farmer413 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 19, 2016
    I'm building chicken coop. I want the floors and walls painted. I would like a vinyl floor. 50% say these are great ideas. 50% say it's a terrible idea.

    What's best for the chickens, eggs and me?

    Priming with Kilz latex primer and then applying two coats of exterior paint inside on floors and walls is what I want to do.

    Is it safe for the birds? Eggs? It'll make cleaning a lot easier for me.

    What about the vinyl flooring. A single sheet. Is this a good idea or bad? What if moisture gets between the floor and wood? What if I do wall to wall flooring so there is little chance for condensation under the floor?

    I'm new to this.

    Prime? Paint? I think yes to these.
    I will air it out for a few days prior to putting the chickens in it. They are getting cramped and have a moisture issue in their temporary coop. I'm constantly cleaning it.

    Floor? Not sure.

    Please tell me what you think, what you have done personally, and how long you have raised chickens.

  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    Hi there and :welcome.
    I have vinyl (Lino) flooring is most of my coops.
    I find it easy to clean because the shavings and hay/straw just
    Slip out of the coop with little effort.
    I would paint the walls with normal white paint because it helps to see
    Red mites if you have them.
  3. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    I have vinyl sheet flooring and painted walls. I just used the glue you are suppose to use for sheet vinyl and glued it to the plywood floor. Walls were painted with regular latex indoor paint to protest the 1/4" plywood I used for the walls inside. The paint was some pink left over from my daughters room. My coop is about 8 years old and still solid. I've had no issues with moisture under the vinyl.
  4. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    I forgot to say,
    I just nail the vinyl onto the floor
  5. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Had both and liked paint better.

    I used some left over paint and it is fine.
  6. AllynTal

    AllynTal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2014
    Mississippi Gulf Coast
    I used sheet vinyl on the subfloor and then stood the walls up so the walls held the flooring in place -- no glue or nails on the flooring. If you haven't put the walls up yet, consider using treated lumber for the bottom plate. I will do that with my next coop, probably in the spring. Sheet vinyl makes cleaning the coop a lot easier for me. I use sand and the floor is smooth so it's easy to clean it like a giant litter box -- no cracks or crevasses to deal with. I've never had a moisture problem under the flooring, but this is the first time I've had chickens in such a humid environment (deep South, moved to this property a couple of years ago), so time will tell, but I don't anticipate a problem.

    Instead of paint, I use whitewash on the interior walls. I don't remember what the benefits are, but I remember when I first read up on it, I knew whitewashing was the thing to do in my situation. I'm sure you can search "whitewash' here in the forum and read up on the different recipes to see if it's something you might want to consider.

    Edited to add:
    I've had chickens a total of 33 years periodically since 1965.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2016
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I used a single sheet of vinyl flooring...good, heavy duty, foam backed vinyl.
    Ran it up the walls too, between 2-8" glue, just tacked the top edge where it goes up 8".
    See My Coop page.
    I love it....... used it to line my poop boards too...has held up well for 3 years now.
  8. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I don't use anything. Bare plywood inside the coop. Exterior wood stain outside. I shovel out the shavings with ease. It's so easy you'd think I was shoveling wood shavings. Long ago I used vinyl floor in the coop. Had no benefit whatsoever. If your litter (pine shavings) is deep enough the floor never sees moisture. The birds don't crap on the walls and don't care if it's painted. Open wood regulates humidity in beehives so can't hurt in coops.
  9. Laura518

    Laura518 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 26, 2016
    Rayville, Missouri
    I painted the inside of my coop light blue, an elderly, retired, painter told me wasp don't like the color blue. That's why you always used to see porch ceilings painted blue. Anyway, the wasp don't come onto my coop now, which is awesome, I was having an awful time with them before I painted it. For the floor I used heavy duty pond liner, had some left over from a previous project, it's working out great.
  10. AllynTal

    AllynTal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2014
    Mississippi Gulf Coast
    I was told the blue ceiling was to keep spiders from taking up residence. It works for wasps? I'm gonna get some blue paint. :)

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