Using a real barn

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by meholtspan, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. meholtspan

    meholtspan In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    I see lots of sites and info about building a separate chicken coop. I'm on a farm with an actual barn--used to be a horse barn. I'd like to adapt part of this structure for chickens rather than build something entirely new. The floor is cement. I realize I'll have to do some retro-fitting. Has anyone done this? Any hints, suggestions, warnings, etc?
    Angus, Ontario, Canada
  2. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    My chicks are in our barn. We used two by threes to frame out the pens, and then stapled on chicken wire. All my grown chickens are outside in smaller coops, as I needed the rest of the barn for our other animals. I think I have a picture of the chicks pens.. I'll look.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2008
  3. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Here it is, nothing fancy. I put it at the window side of the barn so they would get sunlight. The back of the barn can be kind of dark and damp.
  4. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    My chickens are in our barn. 6 laying hens, 5 bantams(one a rooster) They cohabitate with the animals quite well. At this point, I don't even have a separated area for them, --just nesting boxes and a roost---as we are in the midst of extreme renovations--reorganization of the barn, fences being built, drainage tile being installed, gardens being dug, etc,etc etc... However--I just ordered 26 meat chicks, and they will be going into a tractor so I can rotate them to fresh pasture. I was forewarned about the smell and don't really want them in the barn.
  5. meholtspan

    meholtspan In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    Thanks for the pix and suggestions. My flock hasnt arrive yet. I've ordered americauna and buff orps from McMurray.
  6. If you click on my homepage link below, you'll see pics of our horsebarn conversion- hope it helps!

  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The main thing is that it typically requires a bit more work and a LOT more attention to detail to predator-proof part of an existing barn. REmember that raccoons and weasels and rats WILL come into the barn, indeed may already be living there unbeknownst to you [​IMG], so you need to be very religious about finding every last weakness in the chicken area's defenses and strongly plugging it up. The cement floor will work in your favor. Don't forget about up under the eaves of the building.

    Good luck,

  8. pidgey104

    pidgey104 Cochins R Us

    Nov 10, 2007
    Panama City ,Florida
    I used our barn for my pigeon pen It was a six stall barn and I used one of the stalls for the pen and added a flight pen outside.



  9. Penny Sue

    Penny Sue Chirping

    Aug 23, 2014
    Are you still on this site? Newbie here from Angus

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