how to whitewash a chicken coop

How to Whitewash Your Chicken Coop

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Whitewash for Beginners

Learn how to whitewash your chicken coop with a little time and a few ingredients. Whitewashing is cheap, effective, and safe for animals.

What is Whitewashing?

Simply put whitewash is powdered limestone mixed with water. Be sure to use hydrated lime or mason’s lime not dolomite lime for gardens. You should be able to find it at any hardware store.

Why Whitewash

Whitewashing gives an old-timey feel to any chicken coop and brightens the coop up. Whitewashing has antibacterial properties that are great for chicken coop surfaces, fighting against bacteria and bugs. You will have to whitewash your coop regularly and only do indoor surfaces.

Tips for Whitewashing Your Chicken Coop

  • Whitewashing is super cheap (We paid $7 for a fifty pound bag.)
  • Be sure to be whitewashing your coop regularly.
  • Use only inside of the coop because it will eventually come off overtime and in rain.
  • It dries brighter white then it appears when you first paint it on.

Tools

  • Bucket
  • Stick for stirring
  • Paint Brush and/or Paint Roller

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups Hydrated Lime
  • 2 cups Salt
  • 1 gallon Water

How to Whitewash Your Chicken Coop

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bucket and mix well.
  2. The whitewash should be a thick pancake batter like consistency. So add more lime or water as needed.
  3. Use a paint brush or paint roller to apply it to the wood surfaces of the chicken coop.
  4. Let it dry. It will get whiter as it dries.

*Be sure to use a dust mask, safety glasses, and gloves when handling lime.*

Now that you know how to whitewash what will you be whitewashing? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to Make Whitewash

Learn how to make whitewash with a little time and a few cheap ingredients.

Equipment

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Stick for Stirring
  • Paint Brush/Roller

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups Hydrated Lime
  • 2 cups Salt
  • 1 gallon Water

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bucket and mix well.
  • The whitewash should be a thick pancake batterlike consistency. So add more lime or water as needed.
  • Use a paint brush or paint roller to apply it to the wood surfaces of the chicken coop.
  • Let it dry. It will get whiter as it dries.

Notes

*Be sure to use a dust mask, safety glasses, and gloves when handling lime.*

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