Pressure Treated Safe or Not safe?

jhamblin

Chirping
8 Years
Oct 16, 2011
117
2
89
I am about to purchase wood for my run and wanted to know if I could use PT wood without ill effects. There will be no feed or water in the run around the wood, I will keep it in the coop.

Thanks,
James
 

ECBW

Songster
8 Years
Apr 12, 2011
812
41
133
NJ
Isn't PT wood more costly?

PT wood is necessary only when close to or in contact with soil. I would suggest to save on the cost and less worry about toxicity exposure.
 

Chris09

Circle (M) Ranch
10 Years
Jun 1, 2009
10,999
591
328
Ohio
Quote:
PT wood is necessary only when close to or in contact with soil.

Ground-contact rated lumber has .40 pounds of preservative per cubic foot. Above-ground rated lumber has .25 pounds.
You can use above ground rated treated lumber in contact with or in the soil but it wont last as long.

Chris​
 

Chris09

Circle (M) Ranch
10 Years
Jun 1, 2009
10,999
591
328
Ohio
Quote:
The old problem with PT was that arsnic was used in the treatment. Arsnic hasn't been used is a lot of years, so PT is safe.......Pop

I agree with Pop,
PT wood is fine to use.

Chris
 

geoff40

Chirping
8 Years
Aug 4, 2011
136
4
94
Boonies, NH
Also the health issue with pressure treated wood is fume related. So to frame an outdoor run, fumes would be aboutyour last problem.
 

buckabucka

Crowing
11 Years
Jan 13, 2010
3,143
147
292
Fairfield, Maine
My Coop
My Coop
We used pressure treated, but put these sleeves over them so the chickens wouldn't peck at the wood. I think they came from Home Depot, so they are easy to find.
You can see a photo of them on my page (you have to scroll down a bit to see the run). The sleeves are white.
Happy building!
 

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