Would chickens peck at rerd coop walls?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickGirl4Life, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. ChickGirl4Life

    ChickGirl4Life In the Brooder

    Would chickens peck at rerd coop walls? I'm wondering wether or not to paint the inside of the coop red. The barn red color.
     
  2. PeepsBMobbin

    PeepsBMobbin In the Brooder

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    I was wondering about this too! I have some leftover paint that is raspberry pink. I have light yellow for the outside but I would LOVE to paint the inside all pink. Hee hee, with white trim of course. But I wondered if the hot pink color would drive chickens crazy or something. Hope not, but I would love to hear what others would say.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Anywhere far enough north for loss of egg-laying to be an issue during short winter days... and OH does qualify for this, IMO... it is generally better to use a light color inside the coop. If you are adding supplemental light it allows you to use lower wattage (cheaper and safer); if you are NOT adding supplemental light, it minimizes the number of weeks during which the chickens' bodies will percieve there to be too-short days to lay.

    As far as effects of red painted interior on chicken behavior, there are good arguments both pro and con, I have not seen results of any actual quantitative testing of the outcome (tho it may exist somewhere, I dunno).... but personally I'd be leery of doing the experiment myself on my own chickens, as there is definitely the possibility of it instilling bad habits.

    JMHO, good luck have fun,

    Pat
     
  4. PeepsBMobbin

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    Thanks Pat, we are in New Mexico. I didn't plan on supplementing light in the winter, so that would be a good reason to keep it a lighter color. Thank you for your imput!
     
  5. ChickGirl4Life

    ChickGirl4Life In the Brooder

    Thanks! I think I will paint it red and see how it goes.
     

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