Pressure Treated Safe or Not safe?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jhamblin, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. jhamblin

    jhamblin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    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
     
  3. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    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​
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    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
     
  6. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    WEll i only build a doghouse so far. I used treated 2x4s for the ground contact and after two years outside in our kansas weather it holds up just fine.
     
  7. geoff40

    geoff40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also the health issue with pressure treated wood is fume related. So to frame an outdoor run, fumes would be aboutyour last problem.
     
  8. buckabucka

    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!
     
  9. Creed Bennett

    Creed Bennett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used pressure treated on all my run. Here in Kentucky our Lowe's has pressure treated 2x4's cheaper than regular 2x4's. $1.97 compared to $2.40.
     
  10. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PT is just fine.
     

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