Paint vs Natural Wood

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DottieMarie, May 27, 2008.

  1. DottieMarie

    DottieMarie Songster

    May 6, 2008
    South East MI
    Now that we have work in progress, the questions are coming; starting (prematurly) with paint.
    I tried to do a search on paint so I wouldn't have post a question that's probably been asked a thousand times but I came up empty. Maybe I'm not using the search option correctly. But anyway; we're debating on painting the walls vs leaving them natural. I want to paint them semi gloss white. Easy to clean and will brighten up the coop. Any reason not to?
  2. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    We left the interior natural but painted the coop to match our home using the same paint on the exterior.
  3. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Mine are natural. They have yet to poop on the walls [​IMG]
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    As long as you let the paint dry and de-fume well before putting chickens in (of course), the only downside is that it microscopically increases the world consumption of paint, if you care about that. Make sure to prime first, tho, or you will be dealing with peely paint which is probably not good for the chickens and certainly a big pain in the butt to scrape and repair.

    Paint brightens up the coop, makes it easier to clean (hoses/scrubs off easier, dries faster), and at least theoretically closes up a bunch of leetle tiny crevices where mites etc could potentially hide.

    My tractor is painted semi-gloss white inside on the parts that have more cleaning issues, e.g. the floor -- and I would have done the entire inside if I'd had more primer and more energy [​IMG]

    Have fun,

  5. DottieMarie

    DottieMarie Songster

    May 6, 2008
    South East MI
    I realize that paint is not necessary but for the reasons patandchickens mentioned, I think it would look better/brighter. I was just concerned that there may be reasons why I should not paint (e.g. health issues to the chickens).
    Thanks patandchickens about the tip on priming too, I probably would have overlooked that.


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