Using diesel to treat a chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by james w, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. james w

    james w Out Of The Brooder

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    I have plans to build a new chicken house. I wanted to save money by using diesel for the first two coats and then adding a third coat of solvent based wood treatment.

    My question is whether the diesel will harm the chickens.

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  2. naadarien

    naadarien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about Neem Oil? I guess it depends on what the goal is for the diesel.
     
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Painting the inside or outside of the coop? One doesn't need to paint or stain the inside. Outside, if you want to use a wood preservative, Deisel wouldn't add any protection. A few coats of a good wood preservative wouldn't be that expensive.
     
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  4. refamat

    refamat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Diesel contains metals and carcinogenic chemicals. And, the residual phenols would leave it a fire hazard. Get some copper napthate spray or paint it on. It's green in color and provides insect and rot protection.
     
  5. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is always paint.

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  6. james w

    james w Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the information. I have always used wood preservative but I read on the net that many people use diesel as a cheaper option. I too had doubts as to its suitability for a chicken house.

    I'm not sure copper naphthenate is available here in Italy.

    Thanks again.
     

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