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Big Blans, Big Barn!

  1. camilleathome
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    For those who read previously we were looking at buying a house with 20 acres on it with the hope of settling down and having ourselves a little homestead. The guy had told us we could start getting paperwork done and we would be able to move in in june. All of a sudden he stopped awnsering our calls and finally when I got him on the phone he told me he had sold the house to his son(He later told my mother it would only be for three years and we could buy it then if we still want to. After the fiasco I was devestated. We really had our heart set on this house. I posted on facebook about it and a minute later my old riding instructor Jokingly posted that I could have her farm but it wasnt where I wanted it. we started talking and I realised it was the farm where I used to take riding lessons. A few months later. I am happilly living here and still cant really believe Im here. ive secured a work from home job. Hubby works in a kitchen nearby. We have two horses and are boarding two others and we have chickens almost old enough to lay and more chicks growing as well as two turkey chicks. Were well on our way to our goal of a homestead :).

    So here is small tour of Farm. Suggestions Truly Welcome for the coop area were currently building!


    When we first moved in the previous tennant left the place in quite a mess. So weve been cleaning a lot and its slowly looking great.

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    My moms boyfriend used old horseshoes and nails to build us this tool rack
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    Some of the box stalls. There are six of them on the old half of the barn
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    Hallway with my two horses at the end wondering what im doing
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    My standardbred Bear Being curious
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    This is the area we are planning on turning into the coop. Its the new area of the barn. You can see where my hay is over there that is going to be oppenned up as well as the other wall in the back to this whole half of the barn is going to be used once weve boarded up the open wall connected to the indoor riding arena(Almost done). Id really appreaciate tips on where to put things like the roosts etc Were going to use the deep litter method. Were going to have to close off the hay loft so the turkeys dont end up in the boats in winter(The riding arena is used to store boats in winter and the hay loft has direct access to it)
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    This is the pasture area and also where the chickens are going to free range


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    pasture as well

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    Our indoor riding arena
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    The cow barn. We were told we can get access to it if we run out of space in the barn we have now but that one isnt insulated so water freezes in winter
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    Crab apple tree :)
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    And finally a few photos of our flock :)
    My Heritage Rhode Island Red with my white Silkie
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    Turkey
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    Heritage rhode island red
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    Chantecler
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    Turkey
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    Call duck
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    Mottled Houdan and some Easter eggers in the back
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    And the horses. These two are Genesis and Spartan their boarders and rescues. Still very undernourished but look 100% better than they did two weeks ago when they came here
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    My girl Spirit
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    And my boy Bear :)
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  1. CarolinaHens
    Sounds like you found a nice place to set done roots. Happy things worked out for you.
  2. Stumpy
    Wonderful place!
  3. ChemicalchiCkns
    Check closely for any weak Places in the Walls, or varmint Holes. Offencive Rodents and Predators may force an Entrance there. See to it that weak, rotten Boards are replac'd. Place the Roosts in a high Vantage, such as in the Peak of the Area. I advice some Vents in the Cieling that may be opened at Pleasure in the heat of Summer. And some metall Containers for the Feed.
  4. Whittni
    Thanks for sharing!!
  5. camilleathome
    Its not really that old(Its a half a million dollar barn its just my landlord moved away as they were done and tennants never put work into it so there are some areas that are warped a bit. The new side of the barn has gaps as the wood has shrunk from weather(Which is normal but you have to put wood overtop which was never done). the new part of the barn is less than ten years old. Same with the riding arena. They had one tennant who just rented the barn and was never there so her horse was skin and bones and Cribbed all of the fencing and a lot of the stalls. Its really bad. But i was told that their coming down and are going to replace the fencing. Weve mended it for now as much as we can so its safe
  6. jockeyeba
    Love the look of the old barn from the outside! Looks like a lot of work but you'll have everything you need when it's done.

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