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Painting a roost

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kris64, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. Kris64

    Kris64 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've painted our coop inside and out with Livestock Safe paint for protection to the wood and I've read that that'll help deter mites. What about the roosts? Any thoughts on painting these? Or using pressure-treated? I'm looking for protection against mites and for ease of cleaning. Thanks!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The paint will get scratched off in no time. Of the various approaches I've seen here, I like best simply oiling an unfinished board with some sort of veggie oil now and then. Or, use a fat tree branch and just change it out now and then.
     
  3. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    do you then set up a video camera to watch them slip and slide??? [​IMG] J/K..........I would worry about vegetable oil attracting bugs, but then that just gives the girls something to do
     
  4. ConPollos

    ConPollos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday I read an article about painting the roost bar with linseed oil to keep mites from residing in it. I don't have the link but it should come up on Google.
     
  5. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    linseed oil is a great preservative too.
     
  6. ConPollos

    ConPollos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I paint my roost bars with linseed oil, can I whitewash over them once they're dry?
     
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  7. Kris64

    Kris64 Out Of The Brooder

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    Good idea! I'm looking further into the use of linseed oil now. Thanks.
     
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  8. ConPollos

    ConPollos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a "historic whitewash recipe" off the Ask The Builder website and bought the ingredients to make it. It's supposed to prevent parasites and bad bacteria. I had a pharmacist order the Alum because I couldn't find that, but the other ingredients are a 50 lb bag of lime from TSC, salt, and unsulphered molasses.
     
  9. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    did you coat them with the linseed oil? I don't know why it would be necessary to do both
     
  10. ConPollos

    ConPollos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, no need to do both, so I'm going to use the historic whitewash recipe: Hydrated Lime powder, Alum, Unsulphered Molasses, Salt, and water.
     

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