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wood treatment for coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by knaup109, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. knaup109

    knaup109 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone using wood treatment for the coop? what type not toxic to the chickens?
     
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    Schwartzfarmnc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most use latex paint, but we did stain the run area, not sure about stain inside the coup, paint would seal the wood and prevent the "nasty" little bugs from overtaking your coop.
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens don't chew on wood the way parrots do. You can use standard latex paint or deck stain, just don't put your chickens into the coop until it's completely dry and there is no more paint/stain smell.
     
  4. BankerJohn

    BankerJohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    white wash... mix agricultural lime and water to make a paste then roll it on. It will dry white and kill all the nastie and keep bugs at a minimum. This is safe for the interior and will not harm the chickens. Plus, it is totally organic.
     
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    Quote:When you say all the nastie bugs, are you refering to termites? Does the lime kill them or just repel them? That is the only problem with wood I hav ever had.
     
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  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:When you say all the nastie bugs, are you refering to termites? Does the lime kill them or just repel them? That is the only problem with wood I hav ever had.

    I think the poster is thinking of mites that hide in the crevices of wood and come out at night to feed on chickens. If you're using new wood, this isn't likely to be a problem (the wood isn't likely to have mites in it already). Once you paint or stain the wood, that will help seal the crevices to make it harder for mites to get in afterwards.
     
  8. BankerJohn

    BankerJohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks Elmo... yes, I was speaking of mites, not termites. I live in Florida and if one is concerned with termites, we use pressure treated lumber or cedar.
     

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