Paint question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lovinlife, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've seen coops with the inside painted. Is there a danger of the chickens ingesting the paint and getting sick?

    I live in the south where flies are an issue in the summer. I've heard that painting the inside of a horse/cow run-in shed dark will reduce the flies in the enclosure. Has anyone experienced a reduced fly population when the inside of the coop is painted a dark color as opposed to white?

    What is your experience with painting the inside of your coop? Color?

  2. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thought about it myself... figured that if you get the super shine stuff then it's poda be able to be wiped off (great for bathrooms, esp with kids)... but in the end I was too lazy and cheap to do it.

    Very interested to see other folk's answer though.
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    Ours is white on the inside. We don't have a problem with flies in the the coop, though. The windows have screen over them, as well as hardware cloth, that may be why. The mosquitoes can be really bad here, that's why we stapled screen over the windows.

    We put those disposable traps out on the property if we notice flies around. They're stinky if you're standing close to them, but effective. We just don't put them next to the house.
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    My coop not my tractor yes, lol. My understanding is that laytex paint is toxic as long as it's wet but once it's dry it won't hurt your chickens. I had 2 chickens stick their heads in a bucket of laytex paint. Came up spitting paint but were perfectly fine. They did have bright pink on their feathers for weeks though.

    Make sure to use a primer on bare wood.
  5. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    My newer coop is painted white on the inside, as will be the coop still under construction. I've never really noticed flies as long as the coop is kept relatively clean. I also use DE or Stall Dry in my shavings, which keeps things dry (and keeps the bugs down)
  6. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2010
    Farmington, NM
    Once the paint is dry it is not a hazard to the chickens.
    Use primer and a semi or high gloss paint so that it is easy to clean.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Nope, not as long as the paint and wood are sound (and if they aren't you should be fixing them for OTHER reasons anyhow)... plus which most paints these days are fairly nontoxic once dry.

  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Chickens don't chew on wood the way parrots do, so as long as there aren't gloppy paint drips or peeling paint that might attract pecks, a painted surface is fine. As others have noted, there is a respiratory risk from the paint fumes, but when the paint is completely dry and there's no remaining odor, that's not a problem either.
  9. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for your responses. I think paint will help preserve the wood, so I'd like to paint. I've had parrots before and know they chew, so I'm glad that chickens don't do the same thing. [​IMG] That was my original concern.

    Thank you!

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