What kind of paint is safe?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Desirai, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2011
    What brand/flavor/whatever kind of paint is safe for chickens to paint my coop? Don't want anything that might poison my chickens, cats, dogs or any other creatures that may come in contact with it. Including bugs. Poisoned bugs = poisoned birds = poisoned hawks = dead hawks = scavenging creatures = dead scavenging creatures.... so on and so forth.
  2. AmyLM

    AmyLM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2011
    Buckley washington
    I really need to know this too! I'm about to paint the inside of my hen house.
  3. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    I used an exterior latex paint from Lowes on the inside and outside of my coop. Relax. My chickens are not dead and all are doing fine 1 1/2 years later. Yours will be fine too. I promise. [​IMG]
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Pretty sure it's the fumes that are the only concern with paint. If you can paint it and then let it sit a couple of days before the chickens live there, it will be fine.
  5. AmyLM

    AmyLM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2011
    Buckley washington
    LOL ok thats good to know. ;) Hubby and I have already agreed today is the day we are painting the whole inside of the hen house because the 3 week olds are getting LOUD and they really don't like being stuck in the brooder. They need more room... so its time to shift them to the barn and set up a bigger brooder for them. ;)
  6. blessedchick

    blessedchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2011
    LOL! When I first read this I thought, "How in the world is she getting her chickens to paint her coop for her???? What's the trick??? Extra mealworms?" [​IMG]
  7. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2011
    LOL haha. You know what I meant, silly!!! :)
  8. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Any modern day paint even if eaten will not contain lead. All paints when cured are basically inert, as in they are like eating pebbles of stone if chickens/children choose to eat it.

    An oil paint takes much longer to dry and cure than an acrylic/latex/water base paint. Acrylic is your most common now a days so it will dry in less than 4 hours and cure exponentially (like concrete) in 28 days. If you've ever freshly painted a kitchen then you know not to wash it for a few days, after 3 days it's a light sponge wash, 7 days and you can scratch fingers or what not and shouldn't leave a mark, 14 days and moving furniture will leave small scuff marks, over 21 days and an impact or scratch will actually dent the substrate, usually sheet rock but in your case plywood. Yeah, 21 days of curing and it's rock solid.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2012
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    On new exterior builds I put on 2 coats Alkyd-based Primer and one to two coats of a Acrylic latex paint. As for a brand name I like Benjamin Moore.

    Alkyd-based primer Dry Time @ 77°F
    – To Touch 4 – 6 Hour
    – To Recoat Overnight

  10. crazychickenwom

    crazychickenwom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2012
    Central Ohio
    For my meat chickens tractor I used a lyme whitewash. I found instructions on the internet, bought a bag of hydrated lyme and went for it, (mix the lyme powder with water) even though my meat chicks won't be here till the end of April. It seems to be holding up really well, although it leaves a white dust on your hands when you touch it so I don't think I will do it for the coop, of course that will change if someone knows how to keep that from happening!

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