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smell of stain on new wood?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NiceHens, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. NiceHens

    NiceHens New Egg

    Sep 2, 2014
    Wellington, Colorado
    My neighbor immediately in back of me is having someone stain their new wood fence, including the side that faces my back yard - where my six hens are in their house and run. I'm pretty sure the contractor (staining the wood fence) will be doing a spray method, which means the odor (and possibly chemicals?) will be floating in my back yard.

    The hens' house is about 15 feet from this back fence. Assuming I keep the hens in their house and run that day (not allowed to roam) and probably also drape their house and run on the side that faces the wood fence (like with a very large drop cloth), is there anything else I should be aware of?

    I won't let the hens out to roam again until the next day, but then the stain will likely be at the bottom edge of the fence, where the hens sometimes forage.

    Seems like these hens generally know to not eat something they shouldn't - like a small piece of tin - so will they also know to not forage in the area immediately next to the fence, at least for a couple of weeks? Do they have a pretty good sense of smell and will steer clear?

    Any advice or experience greatly appreciated.

  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    I think what you have suggested is about all you can do. It would have been nice if the fence was painted before it was erected. chickens have a good sense of smell and will probably stay away from the fence if they dislike it. Over spray on your grass is more worrisome than the smell. Maybe water the grass after the spray to kinda wash the grass and let water sink in and dry before you let your chickens out. Maybe you can ask the contractor if the stain is non toxic or something to avoid until dry. [​IMG]
  3. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Will he be coming into your yard to spray the side facing you?
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Hello, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    x2 on justplainbatty's advice. I hope your hens are okay with the wood staining!
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2015
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
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    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Best of luck! I really don't know a whole lot about this issue.

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