Cause I"m gonna have to pay that piper later with interest!!! I got my chicks close to 8 weeks ago and started my coop that weekend. Then stuff happened, my mom started falling, my mom moved in, my mom died, a wren build her nest in a half finished wall. It was a very busy 6 weeks and the poor chickens didn't get a finished coop. So this weekend, determined they have to get out of their 2 foot tall brooder since some of them no are 2 foot tall and the space is too small I am putting the necessary items on like hardware cloth and doors. I will not have time to paint, not all interior boards are on (although the ones down bottom are), and I don't have a run yet. But my girls need more space and more head room so this will give them alot more space. Once the run is done, one weekend I'll throw them out of the coop, clean it and paint it and finish the interior wall. I know this will in the end take more time than painting now but... tomorrow is my daughters make up birthday party for the one we cancelled since it was 4 days after my mothers death. So tomorrow is shot and the light is waning. I feel bad because I read all the forums and had planned on following all the wonderful advice I had seen on building the coop including painting everything with a good easy to wash paint. So any suggestions on how to get those walls ready when I do have to pay this piper in about a month (make that close to 6 weeks cause the wren babies won't fledge for at least 4 weeks)? Maybe a floor brush and hot water? Or just scrap with a wire brush to keep the wood dry to be painted. How clean does it have to be for the paint to stick good? I think a wire brush will work.