YAY! The basics are done on the sheepshed-to-chickenhouse conversion! So, next up is nestboxes and perches. There will be 32 linear feet of perch space in each side. 8-10 nestboxes each side (haven't measured yet). Plenty of room for me to walk about in, even with feed/water etc. Each side is 10 x 16 feet. One large rain barrel to feed automatic waterers on each side, (Can't leave hose out or naughty puppy will eat it.) and a drum for feed (will hold 300 pounds) so I can refill hanging feeders. Before fall storm season, we'll have large storm/winter shutters up for the wired sides, but for summer the ventilation is much more important. There's 2 x 4 wire over everything, including the windows. Hubby installed the windows so I can open and close them from the outside, instead of having to go through the building. It'll look a bit rough for a while, as hubby doesn't want to paint it until the new wood is weathered a bit. It was rough-cut lumber, and he thinks it's a tad green yet. By late summer it'll all get a fresh coat and stop looking so shabby.
Now I just have to decide for sure which birds go where. With these two and my original henhouse, I'll have three pastures for chickens. I've got the upcoming BCMs, the blue/splash/black Orpingtons, the lavender Orpingtons and the Buff Orpingtons. None of the BCMs are anywhere near laying age, so I need to hold onto the Buffs until they are. So I think for now, it'll be blue/splash in one group, lavender/black splits in a second, and Buffs in a third. All of my blacks are split for lavender, so I don't have any that can go in with the blues and splashes yet. The teenagers can go where ever until they are laying age. Then they can go to their respective places. Things are coming together!