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 Post subject: Bird box
 Post Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:03 pm 
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Hi everyone!

Silly question I'm afraid! I have managed to find an old bird box in a second hand shop that I am going to do up but I would quite like to put it outside for it's real use! (so probably posting it in the wrong place under altered!!!)

Do you think if I varnish it, this would be safe for the birdies?!

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 Post subject: Re: Bird box
 Post Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:11 pm 
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I would think so - or use the stuff you use on the fence/shed as they land on those things all the time and seem fine. Ours haven't keeled over and we used the same as the shed :)

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 Post subject: Re: Bird box
 Post Posted: Tue May 25, 2010 7:53 am 
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we are re panting - varnish treating whatever its called our old chicken house

We were told to do it and let it dry for 3 weeks before usage due to smell more than anything

BUT in our case hens are shut in overnight

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 Post Posted: Tue May 25, 2010 4:12 pm 
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To be honest on a bird box I'd leave it as is. Certain things are a big no no such as creosote.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird box
 Post Posted: Tue May 25, 2010 5:42 pm 
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Can you still get creosote? or am I getting confused with something else?

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 Post subject: Re: Bird box
 Post Posted: Tue May 25, 2010 8:32 pm 
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thanks :)

Wasn't going to use creosote, two reasons - was sure it would be bad for them and I HATE the smell!!

Think I will just sand it down (in a bit of a mess!) white wash it and leave it, was only £2.00 so if it only lasts a year or so then so be it!

And Sue, when you say 'we' are painting (or panting according to you! :wink: ) I am taking that as the royal we :roflmao:

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 Post subject: Re: Bird box
 Post Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 7:09 am 
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well actually tis me!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I do like doing that and as its a hen house mistakes are so not important cannot be trusted with PROPER painting


now panting I can do 8)

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 Post Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 1:28 pm 
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Creosote was just an example - some of the other wood treatments readily available are just as bad.

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