What kind of wood used for coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CresSr, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. CresSr

    CresSr New Egg

    Jan 1, 2016
    My husband is making plans for our first coop. He wanted to know if pressure treated wood is ok to use or does it have to be cedar?
  2. HiddenFlockEC

    HiddenFlockEC Out Of The Brooder

    I used pressure treated on anything that would touch the ground, marine grade plywood for the flooring otherwise everything else was standard grade.
  3. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    I use any wood I can find, keeping initial investment low. Any contact with the ground is done with concrete blocks. As long as you keep the wood dry, no problem.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Hard to get any better than those two comments. Anything that touches the ground needs to be treated or made of something that is rot proof and termite proof. As long as you can keep it dry use what you want for the rest, but I do like to paint exterior surfaces to help them repel water unless you use cedar or something like that.
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Climate plays a big part in what to use, especially if you are in a coastal region. Anything that's not pressure treated tends to rot away after just a few years, around here.
  6. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2008
    Pressure treated wood is pretty toxic stuff though. And it shouldn't be needed if you design it well. IMO it doesn't make sense to build a structure with wooden parts that are touching the ground in the first place. Of course it's going to rot! If, on the other hand, you make a concrete, cinderblock, stone, etc. foundation around the base, so that wood is not touching the ground, and include an overhanging roof that protects the siding, posts, or any other wooden bits somewhat, it can last a long, long time. It doesn't even have to be pretty unless you want it to, just solid. Our coop was made out of un-treated, unpainted redwood and it survived a tropical climate yearround, plus one category 5 hurricane, before being dissassembled and used to make another coop 20 years later--which is still standing.

    People built stuff that stood for generations long before there was pressure treated wood--you just have to build it right...
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2016
  7. mechanic57

    mechanic57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2014
    I bought the plans for the coop shown in the pics. I have pressure treated wood where it touches the ground. The rest is regular #2 grade lumber and plywood. I painted the exterior with Thompson's Water Seal. Same for the coop floor. I have a much larger run attached to one side of this, so the birds come out of the coop and can go into a bigger fenced in area besides the run you see in this photo. The additional run does not have a roof but does have bird netting over the top. This pics are from the guy (Jim Schwartz) from whom I bought the plans. These are not my pics.

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  8. GodofPecking

    GodofPecking Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2015
    put wood on stones, bricks or slabs to prevent rot.

    Dip or paint wood in old engine oil to eliminate the possibility of termites, permanently.

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