I went to my first poultry show! One of my silkies came in third. The most exciting part is that I met a fellow that breeds and has for years that said he would like to help me with learning about my breed and about breeding chickens in general. Since, as many of you know, I have asked alot of questions about breeding and have a tough time deciding, I have decided to at least start out his way. His way involves housing all the birds individually in 2x3x 2 cages, raised up off the cold floor, where a person can see them well, and handle them often. He says I need about 13 such cages. He uses slightly smaller and taller cages because he breeds black rose combs, but that is the size he told me to build. Anyhow, I want to paint the back wall behind the cages so that they are easier to keep clean. Is there a kind of paint that is safe to use in a chicken cage/pen? The silkies I am breeding are white, so i am wondering what colour back walls/ cages would show of the white birds the best?