Quoting myself here...
Originally Posted by MoonAngel12
Oh boy, the old old one is going to take a lot more than sweeping out - it's probably been 20 years since it was last used and I know DH's family (who tend to be pack rats) have been using it for storage ever since. I want to say one whole back wall was removed for cattle at one point, but I don't remember for sure. I did get a pic from our side yard, I'll get it loaded and post it. My current coop is a revamped storage building. It, too, needs some TLC. DH put it together for $40 for my Valentine's gift 3 years ago and it could use a bit more attention to detail. A surprise snake clued me in that the doors are now warped so bad things can fit underneath them so that's going to be the first thing to take care of. I would also love to make the nesting boxes external with a hinged lid, but not sure that will ever happen. It sure would free up some space inside though.
I can't say I have posted any photos on here so I'm going to attempt it the way I know for another forum.
Here it is in all it's over-grown glory. I know it's been used sometime in the last 20-25 years b/c DH remembers his granny walking down the path (to the left of the tree line, essentially an extension of our driveway... on maps it's considered a "road" though) with her cane carrying a basket to collect eggs (he's 29 so it's relatively recently. We started dating in 1999 and I don't recall it being in use then). The biggest hurdle is that it's technically not on our land. When they surveyed it for us a few years ago (we bought her house after we got married) the property line was just in front of the chicken house. I'm sure it would be OK though as long as we ran it past the key family members. The sides are/were wire with optional tarps to drop down if needed for weather protection. I am standing to the west of the coop. Currently it's sitting in the cow pasture, but it wouldn't take much to re route the fence (not sure if that's what the wooden posts to the right were for, or maybe a run of some sort? Maybe both actually. In true Granny fashion it's pretty pieced together - she was a make do kind of gal (one building on our property had an old windshield as part of the eve of the roof). A lot of the old chicken equipment is still stashed away - nesting boxes, feeders, etc. That's where I got most of my stuff I use in my smaller coop. I'm not sure it's worth the tick infestation to make it back to check things out or just wait until cool weather hits, but I'm curious now what it would take to get at least a section of it functioning again. I'm not overly sentimental, but DH and I have said many times we were born in the wrong generation so I think I just have that desire to keep the past alive a bit. I mean, how cool would it be for her great great grandchildren to collect eggs out of the same coop she once used??
I'm sure the roof would be functional - maybe a little patching here and there. I know the wire on the side(s) is totally rusted out so it would need to be replaced. I can't remember if it's a dirt or concrete floor. It would give me so much room for roosting, nesting, brooding, storage, etc. Just not sure if it's possible or worth it, you know? Eventually I want to turn our two acres (hopefully more, lots of family involved with the land around us though... been in the family since pre civil war, lots of history!) into at least a homestead for the family and possibly into a small working farm. We have little ones right now that I need to tend to though (come December we will have 4 children 5 and under) which makes things a bit harder. Anyway, that's enough rambling.
Oh, and it's probably twice the length back as it is wide, so it's pretty big! I'll need to ask around and see how many she kept in there at one time and what she did with them exactly. Obviously eggs, but I know they couldn't eat that many themselves... I assume she sold them?? Gave them away?
Edited by MoonAngel12 - 6/20/12 at 2:21pm