Painting a Dark Color for the winter

tdgill

Crowing
11 Years
Jan 28, 2009
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Cecil Co. MD - 5Yrs. Chickens 4Yrs. Ducks
just had this thought.

the coop/shed could use some paint - so why not consider going dark (its white now) for the winter adding warmth...and if DBF hates it so much he can paint it back to white this spring. hahahah.
 

hilandfrog

In the Brooder
10 Years
Sep 28, 2009
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For the ceiling I went a bright Yellow, the walls a poop color to hide the poop.

Do the birds even care can they see color or is it for us? Dunno.

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nwmud

Songster
10 Years
Mar 2, 2009
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Everett, WA
dark colors will attrack more heat - so it might not be a bad idea unless you live in a warm climate. if you need to use a fan or AC in the summer.... dont paint it dark unless you really will paint it again in the spring.

I painted mine dark red outside and off white inside - the light color makes a difference inside (brighter).
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
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Ontario, Canada
The only way this would make a meaningful difference is if your walls are super, super thin (like sheet metal with nothing inside)... which if they ARE that thin, you need to insulate them ANYhow in a climate cold enough for you to worry about winter temperatures... and if you're insulating, then painting the outside will do no good.

Thus, it is probably not worthwhile no matter how you slice it
(Also a bad idea to have a dark colored coop in a hot-summer climate unless it is mostly open air)

Good luck, have fun, if you're itchin' for things to paint I have some rooms and fences that you could get some exercise on
,

Pat
 

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