For those of you considering new chickens and a new coop this spring, if the coops going to be made of wood, you might want to consider painting the interior before adding the chickens. The paint helps to protect the wood, makes it harder for chicken parasites to hide-out, and makes the coop easier to clean.
When we got our first wooden coop, someone suggested that Minwax (Helmsman) Spar Urethane was a product that was safe for use around livestock, and that would be good for protecting the inside of the coop. We did a little research, called the company and asked questions, and concluded that it would be an excellent product to protect the coop interior.
So, we coated the inside of the coop (floors and all) with the “Clear Gloss” version of the product. The pictures below show the before and after pictures of how the coop looked inside.
It’s now five years later, and I can tell you that the coop doesn’t look nearly as pretty inside, but it still has a nice protective coating of urethane on it’s surfaces, is holding up great, we’ve never had parasite infestation problems, and it’s still pretty easy to clean. I sure am glad someone bothered to suggest that we paint the interior first, and that we listened!