This year, I wanted to build a purpose built turkey barn. Up until now, I’ve been incubating chickens in my bathroom and raising the turkeys and chicks in the garage. I’m now in a position where I can take back my garage (and raise babies in the nursery part of the new barn)!
Pony wall construction:
The pony wall (above) was important to have for several reasons. I wanted it so that it would help make the building mice proof. It will also allow me to wash the inside of the rooms after each set of chicks are moved out of the nursery, and/or when I want to give the adult bird room a good cleaning.
Barn wall construction:
Above top photo: the walls going up. Lower photo above: finishing the walls and putting the roof on. Windows and doors still to come.
Finishing the inside:
Above, we have painted the inside of the barn and put trim around the windows and doors. On the left hand side of the barn is the chicken run complete with roosts, nesting boxes and feeder. Still to come is an automatic watering system. I hope to get that in by late fall, before the water-freezing temperatures arrive on the coast.
Finishing the outside:
Above, we have the barn at lock-up, with windows and doors completed. We’ve completed the second coat of green paint, but still have to do the second coat on the doors. Eventually, we will extend the roof-line to cover the cement pad out front for more outside storage space for things like the ride on lawn mower (the original space built in to the ‘Big Red Barn’, which has been taken over by the goats since the cougar incident). Juggling. Who knew farming was really about juggling and jockeying for position and housing space!!??