turning an old doghouse into a coup for new house

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chickensinseattle, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Chickensinseattle

    Chickensinseattle Hatching

    Sep 29, 2008
    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
  2. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    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! [​IMG]
  3. lilchick

    lilchick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    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.......
  4. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    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![​IMG]
  5. chilisweet

    chilisweet Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    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!
  6. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    *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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