There's a new addition to the farm! I ordered this cute little red barn from a local builder to use as a second chicken coop. It was delivered on Friday. I'll still be using the large coop that's already on the farm, but wanted a second coop that's slightly smaller, for some of my bantams and the baby geese.
The barn is 8'x8', with 4' side walls. Instead of one large door on the front, I chose to have two smaller doors. They will be easier to manage, and easier to create screen doors for. There is a nice 2'x3' window on the back wall.
I wanted it placed just behind the end of the larger garden, so I had to wait to plant that area knowing that they would have to drive through the garden to place the barn in the location I wanted. Not only does it get shade all day in this location, but it also creates a wonderful wind break for the garden from the hot, dry southern winds we get all summer long.
With the barn in place, it was time to get started with the modifications. I had a little assistance putting the flooring in place. Actually, Daisy was less than thrilled to be helping. Pretty sure she would have rather been in the house lounging on her big soft bed.
I like using laminate flooring in the coops. It makes it so much easier to keep the floors clean -- sweeping up wood chips is so much easier when they glide across a slick floor! And it helps protect the flooring of the building from any moisture. Home Depot didn't have two boxes of the same "cheap" tiles, so I got creative. Pretty ugly! *grin*
I also made a heavy duty screen for the window, installed perches, and Alan helped me hang "poop catchers" so when the chickens are perched at night, their droppings don't fall all the way to the floor. Instead, they'll fall onto the "poop catchers". Hopefully they will make cleaning the coop easier and the hens will have a larger, cleaner floor space in the coop.
We don't have the run attached yet, no "chicken door" cut in the wall, and I haven't built the screen doors yet, but we have our first residents! The geese moved in, as well as four little baby chickens -- you can see a couple of them flying around in the background of this photo. They were very excited!
I'm so happy with this little red barn! Lots more work to do, but it's a wonderful addition to the farm!