chick-n-barn maintenance question (for those that have them)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wanda, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Wanda

    Wanda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chick-n-barn that I have had for 1 1/2 yrs but it has always been kept in a protected area (my porch) I am getting another one this weekend from someone on craigslist (150 for barn and yard, couldn't pass it up) this one will have to go outside and since I read that the weather takes a toll on them (mostly posted by people that don't have them) would like to hear from the people that do have them how they are holding up and if you do anything to help them stay in good shape (i.e. coat them with sealer).

    thanks,
    Wanda
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd spray it with Thompson's Water Seal, using a garden sprayer.

    www.thompsonswaterseal.com/

    If youre not going to be moving it around a lot, you could also add some treated lumber where it contacts the ground
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009
  3. the4heathernsmom

    the4heathernsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2008
    east texas
    yep I second that Thompson's is great you might set it on blocks to be off the ground if you want but then you have to add lattice or wire around it cause they will get under and lay and escape. [​IMG]
     
  4. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Hi Wanda

    I have one. Got it this spring and it is only about 1/3 sheltered under overhang from roof. Its backed against back porch and raised up 3". I did put a wood sealer on the roof/lids because I don't believe it will last thru much of WI winters and rain. I will move it in a shed this weekend so weather will not be an issue. But I planned on repeating it yearly. My first plan was to put some kind of shingles on the roof/lid....did not do it because I decided it was not going to be a permanent outdoor coop. One thing I can tell you though, the lids warp quickly. If you can, I would maybe have a run big and tall enough to place some kind of roof over it.
     
  5. Wanda

    Wanda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the suggestions. It is going to be a "day" shelter for 2 hens, they will come back in at night. I will definitely use the Thompson's on it. I have cinder blocks I was going to set it up on so it wouldn't be on the ground it does have a floor that is coming with it that the other people made. The kennel with a cover is a good idea but I'm also wondering if tiling the lids would keep them from warping. I noticed on the critter-cages site that the newer barns are coming with roof tiles and maybe that is way.

    Wanda
     

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