Wood type for Coops and Treadle

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tomcoll67, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. Tomcoll67

    Tomcoll67 In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2014
    I am reconditioning my shed and turning it into a coop for my girls.I plan to take out the floor and place hardware cloth under it then up the walls with wood over it for the walls. I am doing this to keep mice, snakes, and vermin out while not exposing the girls to the cloth. I also am placing Hardware cloth from outside the coop around the whole house. I plan to use my existing coop as an addition to the new coop and am taking the back out of it and cutting into the new coop for entrance and exit form cop into the run.

    My question is what type of wood should I use? I do plan on chicken friendly stain, and I think I was told not to use pressure treated wood.
    Please help as I wish to begin this weekend. Once I am finished, I will post pictures.
    Thank you
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I don't think you really need that much hardware cloth. It seems like one layer is plenty. And if you are in a warmer climate, it may be all you need for part of the walls.

    Pressure treated wood is fine these days; the chemiccals used to treat it have been changed from the arsenic and other poisons they used to use. But you only need to go to the exense of pressure treated where the wood will touuch the ground. You can pretty much use any type of paint or stain these days, as well. Just be sure it is fully cured before putting the birds in.
  3. AK Chickens

    AK Chickens In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2014
    If your going to stain the wood, I would get the cheapest builders grade lumber the stain will seal the wood just fine
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