Painting the hen house

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Painting the hen house
« on: February 24, 2010, 18:41 »
Hello- this is my very firys post to any website!  I am preparing to get some hens and am setting up the hen house.  It is made of cedar boards- should I paint the interior to make it easier to cleans?

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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010, 19:15 »
Welcome ! I am new too, about a week I think. So I'm still learning. Our coop was already treated  with a good, safe wood treatment. Inside and out.  As long as the outside is treated on your coop I would have thought thats ok. Be sure that its done when weather conditions warm up and are drier. Well before your hens arrive. Then re-treat every year.
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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2010, 20:05 »
i have treated some coops inside, and some not! if you are looking for treatment, as a general rule, if its safe for bats, its safe for chucks :)

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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2010, 20:17 »
hi there nervous novice , there is no need to paint the inside of the coop as long as you clean out the poo each day and clean out an freshen the bedding weekly u will find the  house wont get that dirty  . to keep down any bugs an red mite then u can spray the walls every other tpye day system with poulty sheild and add diatom to the bedding this will with cleananess .
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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2010, 22:26 »
I would fill all cracks and paint with gloss. This is not for cleanliness but to stop red mite from living in the cracks.
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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2010, 08:23 »
Wouldn't the hens pick off the gloss?

You can make a slurry of diatom and poultry shield to paint on all interior surfaces ... not pretty, but effective!
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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2010, 08:37 »
I never bothered in mine, just a good paint with paraffin once a year , kills everything
 ( except your hens )  ;) 
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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2010, 08:42 »
Wouldn't the hens pick off the gloss?
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What sort of hens do  you  have?  Mine don't go round  pecking the wooded coop. Can you pick off the gloss paint in your house? I cant (then I do not try to often).

Yes you can paint the inside of your coop as richyrich7 says and it works.  I do prefer the easy clean option though.

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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2010, 21:48 »
I would paint it with creosote from scats, we used it last year and it got rid of all of the red mites.

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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2010, 22:32 »
You can not apply creastote to a new building unless you are a qualified contractor.  Unless  you are a contractor you can not purchase creastote. You as a member of the public can only purchase creastote substitute.
Creasote was banned for a reason and has a very high VOC level!!!
You would be confining chickens to a small space with this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2010, 23:08 »
You can not apply creastote to a new building unless you are a qualified contractor.  Unless  you are a contractor you can not purchase creastote. You as a member of the public can only purchase creastote substitute.
Creasote was banned for a reason and has a very high VOC level!!!
You would be confining chickens to a small space with this!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The creosote I bought from scats is perfectly legal, I have hundreds of chickens and had no problem with it (remember to wear a mask when applying, and keep the chickens out until dry) I found last year this was the only thing to get rid of red mites.

Michelle

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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2010, 23:16 »
It was one of the creosote substitutes then Michelle, or you are allowed to use proper creosote, because you are a smallholder like us.

Roughlee is right, creosote is illegal for just anyone to use.  It must have been something like creocote.

http://www.creosote.co.uk/
« Last Edit: February 25, 2010, 23:18 by GrannieAnnie »

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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2010, 23:23 »
It was one of the creosote substitutes then Michelle, or you are allowed to use proper creosote, because you are a smallholder like us.

Roughlee is right, creosote is illegal for just anyone to use.  It must have been something like creocote.

http://www.creosote.co.uk/


If you go in Scats it is 'Creosote' not 'Creocote' it smells just like the original Creosote (hence the mask) but is thinner, last year I tried everything (including Creocote) to get rid of the dratted Red Mites  >:( and found that this Creosote was the only thing that worked.

Michelle

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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2010, 06:18 »
I never bothered in mine, just a good paint with paraffin once a year , kills everything
 ( except your hens )  ;) 
but dont smoke at the same time  :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Painting the hen house
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2010, 06:43 »
Michelle, not getting at you but this is the law.
Scats may get away with selling it if they, when questioned say it is only for professionals to purchase. The law does state that creosote for the general public is banned, this is why we cannot advocate it's use on this forum. Most people on here are not businesses. This link will take you to the governments prohibition of use and marketing regulations 2003 papers.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2003/20031511.htm

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