turning an old doghouse into a coup for new house

Chickensinseattle

Hatching
11 Years
Sep 29, 2008
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The paint is chipping off the thing and I will be sanding an repainting., My question is what kind of paint should I use? Will they try to eat it? Newbie question,,... HE HE HE:D
 

chickflick

Crowing
13 Years
Mar 10, 2007
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Dimondale
I would use a good outdoor paint. Maybe oil based. Sand the old paint off as best as you can and if need be, prime it and then paint. Make sure you pick pretty color so you don't embarrass your chickens!
 

lilchick

Songster
11 Years
May 23, 2008
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Williamsport In.
I snagged a neat dog house off Craigslist. Guy even delivered it... 4 ft. wide by 6 ft. long by 6 ft tall.

Has a porch with roof on it and cute picket fence rails...
I painted it red and white to match my big chicken barn...

I used acrylic latex exterior paint.... Don't skimp on the quality. I did get some mistints at Lowes but they were Valspar and great stuff.......
 

MagsC

Queen Of Clueless
11 Years
Jul 27, 2008
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Minnesota
I got a big doghouse too that I intend on using as a coop. Havent decided on color yet though! It was good to see someone had the same question I had about paint!
 

chilisweet

Songster
11 Years
Jun 17, 2008
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Vancouver, WA
not really referring to the outside here, but after cleaning out the inside really well, make a whitewash with DE (diamacteious earth) (ya i didnt even spell that one right!). Paint the inside of the doghouse and let it dry for about 24 hrs before inserting chickens.

It will kill bugs left over and the previous owner and prevent new bugs from growing/living in there. And then do it twice a year when you normally clean the whole thing out to sanitize it.

We are working on coop #2 and will be painting the inside of ours. We didn't do the first one, mainly because we didn't know what DE was, so we figured when we do our yearly cleaning, we can add it then.


Good luck!
~CAran
 

Heather J

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May 29, 2008
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*Don't* use oil paint as it is more likely to need touch ups and repainting than latex. Oil is fine for some things--even ideal is some situations--but I wouldn't use it for exterior wood. The damp gets down in tiny little cracks in the paint, then can't get back out through the paint and causes wood rotting and the paint to separate from the wood and pop off. Otherwise, yes, get a good quality paint and go for it.
 

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