Old Ice Shed into a Hen Haven? ... Ideas, Opinions, etc.PICTURE HEAVY!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chick_a_dee, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    We were going to use the old chicken coop by the barn for our egg layers up until recently when I decided that it just wasn't nice enough for them, and that it would take too much to make it really suitable. We looked around the property after deciding that building a new coop would be too much money, and decided to use the original Ice Shed that was sitting infront of the house just to the left for our coop. The building measures 17 ft long x 12 ft wide, and at the front of it is a large 8 ft "bunker," that we plan to use as storage for feed, brooms, cleaning supplies, etc.

    The building has a loft in it, and no insulation, on the outside is wood siding that needs to be removed, and on the inside is the original wood panelling from 1870 that is in immaculate condition. It currently has three windows, and two doors, the door on the side is going to be removed and walled over, and the window on the end facing the house is to be removed and turned into a door with a chicken door in the larger human door. The end that fronts the driveway will get a facelift, and a new steel fire-rated entrance door. Everything seems fine so far right? ... On the window that faces the left side of the property there is very stiff, very thick metal mesh, you can still buy this at home depot and it's called security mesh I believe, instead of using hardware mesh on the windows we're going to use this security mesh, it's reall durable, cheap, and will for sure keep the predators out! Here's the catch, the foundation is in a state... it's cracked on the inside, and yes I realize the foundation is 100 something years old, also the apron around the building (foundation) has two largish holes in it that go to the inside, my question is... is there something we can put on the concrete, a bonding agent to bond new concrete to old concrete? Secondly, the coop's square footage is 204 sq. ft., we have 15 birds but plan on increasing the size of the flock in the spring/summer of next year, adding 6 Buff Orpingtons and 6 Rhode Island Reds... we currently have 15 RIR X Col. Rock (still in the brooder). How much space for our run would I need? Space is not limited so give me a number, that would include space to expand the flock.

    We plan on using for siding the smartside panels from home depot, the pink sheet insulation, and buying reclaimed windows from Habitat for Humanity ReStores, newer windows might I add. We're leaving the wood on the inside intact because it's so nice, and well done, but we want to paint it.... would a homemade milk caesin paint be okay for the chickens? Also, the Ice House already has power to it... it just needs to be hooked up to the house power again, and it has a fuse box inside the door we're going to relocate to the other end where the bunker is, and it will be turned into a breaker panel not fuses, how many ceiling lights should I have? currently there is one flourescent tube box up there, I wanted to put in a regular light fixture and use the caged outdoor lights from home depot as my ceiling light, and for lightbulb I was thinking of buying the compact flourescent daylight bulbs... would this be a good idea? or should I stick with the regular compact flourescents?

    Here are some photos of our building!

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    ^^ That is the bunker, inside it are about 15 old nestboxes! .. we're going to clean and paint them for the girls. I want to enclose that bunker in one end so I have a "viewing," area to stand, make up feed, etc away from the girls .... pooing bums! would regular chicken wire be okay to make the partition wall?

    And incase you missed the chicks on my other thread, I took some extra photos today.

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  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I think that is going to make a beautiful chicken palace and has that old-timey look I love so much. I would try to preserve that look as much as possible if I were you! Maybe even enhance it, if you can. Lucky you! [​IMG]
     
  3. steven11788

    steven11788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] man i wish i had somthing like that at my finger tips, oh ah
     
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Aint it the truth!
    I nearly chokled on my cud when I saw it.
    What I wouldnt give for a nice old shop like that. And yes, I'd happily give the hens a section of their own.

    Sweeeeeet!
     
  5. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    Quote:Aha, we were able to date it within 5 years, ... the lucky part is that we can date our buildings by type of log used, for a long time people built their buildings with whole trees, bark still on, etc. until that supply of ginormous trees ran out around 1880-1900, the house and other out buildings are from 1870 exactly (because thats what the town archives say, and the type of construction), and the Ice House was built around 1880-1890, smaller beams, more conventional framing, AND it was a prefab structure! ... built in Peterborough, Ontario and then assembled onsite here with the old "concrete," foundation. Anyway, it was built originally as an Ice House to store the owners Ice, and basically act as a refrigerator, the bunker is where you'd keep your meats, and perishables, and you'd keep jarred things up above in the main portion of the building. It was converted into a work shop in the 1960s-70s, the wiring is aluminium, ... we're going to get an electrician to hook the power back up, and we're going to ourselves install a breaker panel, and run new conduit copper wiring, obviously when the barn and house were rewired they didn't get around to this structure, as the barn (yes shockingly a 140 year old barn) is actually newly wired with copper wiring, has its own breaker panel, and about 10 years ago the whole truss system and roof was replaced.... SHOCK, i know! because I have worked in and around barns with knob and tube wiring!
     
  6. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    Quote:I'm leaving the old panelling up side, because it's in mint condition and great for the chickens, and I figured if I paint it with some homemade milk caesin paint and then varathane it, it'll be easy to clean [​IMG] ..I have to take the old siding off (the gree on the outside, its wood) because it's all falling apart and coming off, very old and was never taken care of, so I'm taking it off and tar-papering the outside, then putting smartside over top which is a siding panel product, google it or look in your home depot for it, should be by the lattace and panelling.
     
  7. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    What a wonderful place to live!
     
  8. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    Quote:Lol it will be when finished, I'm a little obsessive.. all the buildings must match! the coop will be that fantastic barnyard red on the outside, the front door will be around the same colour (on our house) the garage doors will be the same colour, as will the barn and the dog kennel LOL... a little obessive im telling you. I'm even going to paint the steel roof the same colour as the houses roof, the house is under construction a bit so don't mind the mess and the work in progress porch!.... but you get the general idea!

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  9. steven11788

    steven11788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Definatly agree, i would give them a part, but i would love to have it for me too...!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    If this chicken thing doesn't work out, can I live it in? [​IMG]
     

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