Treated Wood

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 5peeps, May 3, 2008.

  1. 5peeps

    5peeps Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Winterset Iowa
    So I was at Lowes and was going to start buying the wood for my coop when I realized ( as I was putting treated 4x4's in my cart ) That it seemed to me that all the coop pictures I looked at none of them had treated wood or they were painted so I couldn't tell . So can you use treated wood and not paint it ? Also besides lead based paints is were any type of paints you shouldn't use ?

    Thanks for you help

    The Newbie [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 3, 2008
  2. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Fon the exterior you do not have to paint treated wood. Staining it would be better and nicer looking. You can also get it in the water repellent gallons as a stain. But only use paint (if you intend on painting) that is made for the exterior. Do not use latex paint, Glossy paint, etc.

    We have wood siding on our coop and when we are finished we are going to stain it.
  3. Jashdon

    Jashdon Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Snohomish, WA
    Treated wood is pretty toxic. They have stopped using it in childrens playgrounds because even minimal amounts of contact can leach nasty stuff into your system. So I guess most people use untreated lumber so that that stuff doesn't leach into meat or eggs.
  4. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    New Hampshire
    The newer pressure-treated lumber is supposedly much less toxic than the old stuff used to be. Still, I limit it's use in my coops to only the parts that are in direct contact with the ground.
  5. Kristi912

    Kristi912 In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2008
    I just bought pre treated lumber today. We were going to use it for the run. Should I return it or if I paint it (which is what I planned on doing) is it okay?
  6. Jashdon

    Jashdon Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Snohomish, WA
    I think it would be fine for a run, and painting it would add even more of a barrier.
  7. jaku

    jaku Songster

    I used treated lumber for the base of my run and the buried 2x8's that my run is attached to (to keep out predators.) Treated wood will last SO much longer if it is to have contact with the ground. It used to be toxic because it was made with Arsenic, but not anymore. I'm sure you still wouldn't want to make popsicle sticks out of it, but it's not nearly as bad as it used to be. Just to be safe, though, I'd only use it where you need it- avoid it inside your coop. (Especially places like roosts, nesting boxes, etc.)

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