Run construction questions.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SouthernMNNewbie, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. SouthernMNNewbie

    SouthernMNNewbie In the Brooder

    Dec 23, 2009
    I have a couple of questions about run construction that I haven't come across exact answers for in this forum:

    1. Is there any concern about toxic chemicals in treated lumber, or are the new preservatives safe? I'd like to use treated 4 x 4s and 2 x 4s, but I don't want the chickens pecking at it and ingesting unsafe chemicals.

    2. Is a 3' strip of hardware fabric buried a foot deep good enough? What would or would not be able to get through or around that?

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Most seem to think that modern treated lumber is perfectly safe. My entire run is built w/TL, and I've had absolutely no issues.
    Well...your 1 ft buried/2 ft exposed sounds good to me, but most who bury go about two feet down. I didn't bury at all, and have not even finished my skirt all the way around. So maybe I shouldn't be advising at [​IMG]
  3. trimpy

    trimpy In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2010
    Grafton, WV
    I have had chickens in a hoop house with a PT base. They don't peck at it... only the ground. Besides that fact, I also think modern PT lumber is safe. I also use it as borders for raised vegetable beds and I am fairly sure I have suffered no ill effects [​IMG]

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