Sunday, January 18, 2009

Chicken Coop Coup

My favorite outbuilding on our farm is a chicken coop with clerestory windows that I intend to use as a combined henhouse and potting shed. The chickens will be in the lower section, with a ramp leading out to a fenced yard.
Today we decided to work on the chicken coop. We won't be ordering chicks for a couple of months yet, but we discovered a local farmer with young laying hens for sale and we are thinking of getting six of them so we can have eggs this spring.

We needed a partition inside to separate the chickens from the potting shed. Conveniently, we had a wall section already constructed that Cadence had knocked down in her Granary Guesthouse project and wanted out of there.

Cadence sledged-hammered the top brace off so we could fit the wall through the chicken coop doorway.

It still required some tricky maneuvering and a bit of brute force to get it inside.
Rog and Cadence set the wall on top of a foundation row of cement blocks and secured it to the wall. Now all we need is a door into the chicken room and some chicken wire across the top! Oh, and some bedding...and roosts..and nesting boxes...and the Chickens!

7 comments:

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Good work and I do agree the Hen house looks very pretty, I like buildings that are a little bit irregular, they are much more interesting. Love the 'small' windows.
Thank you for the link.
Take care/ Tyra

Susan Tomlinson said...

That is going to be a charming chicken coop.

nancybond said...

You'll enjoy the chickens, and I'm sure they'll enjoy your company as you work in the potting shed. :) Fresh eggs just can't be beat! (I absolutely love the design of your blog.)

Susan said...

Thanks Tyra and Nancy for the positive feedback on the chicken coop and on the blog design! I'm afraid I can't take credit for the blog background--it is from cutestblogontheblock.com. I also love this design for a wintertime farm/garden blog.

Susan, I wish we had your amazing carpentry skills as we tackle these farm projects!

greenwalks said...

Can't wait to see the finished interior! The outside is adorable. Wonder why the original design included that "loft"? Cool that it did! You guys are amazing with all of these winter projects. I'm kind of in hibernation mode and I don't even have subzero windchill to blame.

Jeannine said...

Hi there. My mom directed me to your blog, she said you had sent her a letter. I grew up there. It's so nice to see your pictures and read about your dreams. I'm glad someone who loves it is there now. It will be fun to watch the farm blossom with a little TLC.

Susan said...

I am so tickled that you wrote, Jeannine! I'd LOVE to connect with you and hear some of your stories of growing up on the farm! Our phone number is 507-252-9639--and you must already know the address...