Pressure treated lumber in coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sweetdanat, May 22, 2012.

  1. sweetdanat

    sweetdanat Chirping

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    My husband built me a coop for mother's day and our 3 young hens are loving it. He just asked me if he really screwed up by using pressure treated lumber in the run area (not the roost). The whole thing is stained, but the chickens do have the ability to walk on the edges of the stained lumber. Is this a problem for their future eggs? Worried we wasted a lot of time and money...
     
  2. rungirl

    rungirl Songster

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    They stopped using cyanide in pressure treated lumber several years ago. You should be fine.
     
  3. Kay56

    Kay56 Chirping

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    Our run is pressure treated wood and I think most of the folks here have also used it outside in the run area....not advised for the inside of the coop though unless it is covered with wall board of some kind.....The stain will be OK outside......you should be just fine. [​IMG]
     
  4. sweetdanat

    sweetdanat Chirping

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    Thanks! We are definitely new at this and learning as we go. Appreciate the help!
     
  5. BigMatt

    BigMatt Hatching

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    They were using arsenic in pressure treated wood, but I agree, they stopped several years ago.
     
  6. Tweakster

    Tweakster In the Brooder

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    [​IMG]I agree, I don't think it is possible for a chook to eat enough pressure treated wood to affect egg production. Brushing up against it just is not going to transfer the preservative, especially since it has been stained. I used pressure treated lumber in all of the ground contact areas. No problems.
     
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Treated lumber is all I've ever used in building poultry housing. I've yet to see a bird gnawing on any of it. You'll be fine.
     
  8. emrys

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    Thanks A.T. Now I have Diet Rite orange snorted all up my nose!!!!!!!
     

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