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Postby PixieDust » 07 Sep 2014, 16:58

OK after MUCH research and deliberation we have decided to creosote the inside of the coop to deter red mite. We will not coat the nest box only the inside of the coop and leave it to dry for a few weeks. We have a date for collecting some birds - approx 16th November. We did want to get them in October but the poultry guy is away. OH can use creosote as part of his job on the farm so it would be daft not to. I know some people don't like the idea, but I must admit I am very unsure of Ficam W. Just a personal opinion.

I want to know if I should also put DE/ant powder around the inside of the coop, nest box and perch ends as well as creosoting? I plan a dust bath with part sand, part soil and part DE/Louse powder mix. Do I need to dismantle the house? We plan a twice yearly creosote.

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Re: Creosote

Postby farmer Warren » 07 Sep 2014, 21:34

i always creosote everything nest box and all several times before putting chickens in and never had any adverse effects

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Re: Creosote

Postby PixieDust » 08 Sep 2014, 08:37

Yes I have read many people feel it is the best if one can get hold of it.

Also, because the litter tray on my coop is wooden, I am thinking about varnishing it on the inside to stop it getting totally ruined by poop. Has anyone had experience or have and words of wisdom about this?
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Re: Creosote

Postby drfish » 08 Sep 2014, 09:46

The poop and pee will burn through most varnish. Better off treating it with creosote and then putting newspaper under your litter choice. That way it stops it contacting directly with the wood and will be easier to get off.
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Re: Creosote

Postby Miss Chooks » 08 Sep 2014, 11:31

I have used creosote & oil mixed inside coop & nesting boxes, I have also liberally spread round DE and ant powder with no affects to the chooks. Obviously this was done approx 4/5 weeks before they arrived.

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Re: Creosote

Postby PixieDust » 08 Sep 2014, 13:39

OK thanks.

I'll hold off on the varnish then and just creosote.

Yes I have heard mixing it 50/50 with old oil or paraffin is a good idea. :thumbright:
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Re: Creosote

Postby sunnys » 08 Sep 2014, 16:38

you need to treat the nest boxes- its a prime area for redmite to congregate. personally if i had access to real creosote I would use it. the smell does not last forever and with a good handfull of straw in nest boxes won't taint eggs. thats what I've done in past when got hold of some of the real stuff and it worked well
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