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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by briter30, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. briter30

    briter30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    I read in a recent post that you should not use treated wood for the coop/run because of it being toxic to the chickens? I am going to the store on Monday to buy some lumber for my run and am not sure which one to get. I do not plan on painting or staining the run, so shouldn't I use treated wood?
  2. laceynoelle

    laceynoelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    I'd use treated, just so it lasts longer in the weather, esp if you dont want to paint/ stain it. Its not toxic to chickens. Well, mine isnt. Get a few more opinions on that just in case, I always suspected my chooks were little supermen. [​IMG]
  3. Pineywoods Peepers

    Pineywoods Peepers Certified Poultry Accruer

    For longevity treated is the best option. We used it when we fenced in a small portion of our chicken yard that was too small for our 10' chain link panels. I've never seen my girls pecking on the wood in their run.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2011
  4. nancypo

    nancypo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    My Coop
    I go for all natural, but we live in a dry climate. It depends on how attached you are to them? Chickens like to peck.....
  5. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2010
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Hi, Definitely treated for the run framing if ya want it to last. Have not experienced any adverse affects from treated lumber on our chickens. They really don't come into contact with the framing of the run and have never seen any of ours picking at it. However I would be hesitant to use any inside and honestly you really don't need it. I mean, it's inside...not exposed to the elements. Good luck
  6. briter30

    briter30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    Thank you...treated lumber it is!
  7. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Good decision... treated is also fine for the inside.

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