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Old fence boards toxic??
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Dave    Posted 03-25-2003 at 19:01:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know this will come as a complete shock to anyone who reads this, but.....I think I may have messed up ;)
I am adding to my chicken cage and I got a brain storm that I thought just might save me a few pennys. I have some boards from a really old fence, maybe 60 years old plus or minus 20. So I decided to rip the 2x6's and use them to span across the top of the cage (to staple the chicken wire to) well the paint is mostly off, but there is still maybe about 25% of the white paint on them. Well I went after it with a wire brush and got a lot off, but there is still a good bit on there and it flakes off pretty easy in real small pieces. It occured to me later that this stuff may have lead in it and it will continue to come off and the chickens eat it and we eat the get the picture. I don't know much about the wood, except it has not been painted since sometime before 1975 when we bought the place and when I cut em it smelled like creosote, so I guess thez treated. Reckon I should take em down and go buy some wood?

Red Dave    Posted 03-26-2003 at 06:26:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't guess about it, your fears may be well founded. Some hardware stores carry lead check kits for paint. They are easy to use and not expensive. Could be cheap peace of mind too.
The ones I use are made by HybriVet Systems of Natick Mass. I don't know what's available in your area. Here's a link for info:

Bob/Ont    Posted 03-25-2003 at 21:22:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
New pressure treated will be worse than the old ones, use non treated wood.
Later Bob

Ludwig    Posted 03-26-2003 at 05:48:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Supposedly theres a new kind of treatment thats not filled with arsenic and doesn't kill you. Can't remember what its called though.

When I was little we had chickens and Dad built the whole pen out of white pine, because its cheap. It lasted a long time, well alot longer than I would think it should now!
We also had a rabbit hutch built from white pine and waferboard. It lasted 10 years until the 2 rabbits died. The waferboard walls were still intact. Only worked because Dad built it. If I did it the wafer board would sag and fall the next day!

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