I have converted a big shelf unit (which housed the kiln materials at my school since the 1960's, kiln post coming) into a brooder. This is sitting on the floor of my workroom, upstairs in the barn. I put it in there because I can close the door and I don't think any predators can get in. For extra safety, I built a lid that allows ventilation and viewing. I have heat lamps to keep the chicks warm while living in here. I hope they keep them warm enough. I DON'T want chicks in the house!! The chicks will live in here until they are feathered out. At that time, they will make the big move downstairs to the chicken coop.
The photos show how much work I need to do before the chicks can move into the coop! I need to rebuild the corner to enclose the coop and solidify the barn. I also need to add three Dutch doors.
I will build a wall and a door inside the barn to enclose the coop.
I am going to add a wall here so I can store feed, etc away from the chickens. This is where I will build several small enclosures for brooding hens, etc.
This picture shows how I need to add flooring/ceiling to the coop.
Lesley, my daughter, is going to help me redesign and relocate the nest boxes. I think they are too high and the openings too small for some of the birds I have coming.
I have twelve 4' x 8' sheets of insulation that I am going to put on this wall to insulate the coop from drafts, winter cold and summer heat.
This very old apple tree fell this winter and my wife had the idea of dragging it over into the chicken yard so they can play on it. I really like having excuses to get my Farmall B out and working. There is nothing like hooking chains onto something big and dragging it around with an old but powerful tractor!
Lesley's rendition of the FarmAll
I'm not an accomplished carpenter by any means, but I do know how to do all of the things I have to do to get the coop ready for the chickens. The nice part is that this is an old barn and in need of TLC and just about anything I do will be an improvement. I am surprised that the barn floor is actually level after over 100 years of use and abuse.
I have a lot of willing and able family members who will come and lend a hand. I'll bribe them with sloppy joes, cold drinks and good fun.
Wanna join us?