Refurbishing An 1880’s Barn Coop

by Tammy Taylor

We have really enjoyed raising these baby chicks so far – their antics are good for hours of entertainment!  But our temporary coop is only large enough for 4 grown chickens and we have 6 – and these chicks are growing fast.  We’d love for them to finally call our 1880’s barn coop their home, as it was meant to be!

We're finally ready for our chicks to call our 1880's barn coop their home. Amendments needed to be made to keep them safe. Read what we did! #TaylorMadeRanch

Years ago when we had the barn refurbished, the builders replaced the crumbling exterior boards of our barn, leaving the barn’s old internal areas intact.  The floor was sound but the planks were not tight enough to form a good barrier.  We decided adding a layer of plywood over it would offer the chickens a little more protection.

We're finally ready for our chicks to call our 1880's barn coop their home. Amendments needed to be made to keep them safe. Read what we did! #TaylorMadeRanch

Next we added nesting boxes for them.  As much as I hate plastic we decided these bins would be great nesting boxes and be easy to keep clean.  They are placed up off the floor and anchored to the wall.

Nesting Boxes - We're finally ready for our chicks to call our 1880's barn coop their home. Amendments needed to be made to keep them safe. Read what we did! #TaylorMadeRanch

We placed an old gate panel against the adjoining wall to allow them to perch off the floor and we sprinkled hay to cover the coop’s floor.  We nailed chicken wire tightly across the door and anchored it securely to the floor so we can open the door for ventilation during the day and still close them in at night.  They’ll stay confined to the coop for a few days as they learn that this is their home.  (This is the procedure we use to teach our Free-Range Hens To Come Home Each Night instead of roosting in the trees, under the barn, etc)

We're finally ready for our chicks to call our 1880's barn coop their home. Amendments needed to be made to keep them safe. Read what we did! #TaylorMadeRanch

Their new house is finally ready, it’s time for them to take the next big step!

We're finally ready for our chicks to call our 1880's barn coop their home. Amendments needed to be made to keep them safe. Read what we did! #TaylorMadeRanch

The coop is 7 feet wide by 9 feet deep so the chicks are loving their spacious new (old) digs!

~TMR~

 

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23 thoughts on “Refurbishing An 1880’s Barn Coop

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  3. Bee Girl

    How wonderful! It looks as though the ladies are very happy with their new, bigger space! I love that you used an old panel for them to roost on!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yes ma’am, they’re loving it. And they love roosting on the corral panel too so it worked out great. ~TMR~

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  4. Mary@Back to the Basics!

    I’d love to have an old barn to “spruce up.” Thank for sharing at the Creative HomeAcre Hop. Hope to see you back again! http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/07/welcome-to-creative-homeacre-hop.html

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  5. Jenny

    How lovely! My husband built ours from scratch. The girls just moved in this past week. Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop! We look forward to having you back again tomorrow: http://wp.me/p2urYY-12Y

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  6. Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick

    I will never forgive myself if I don’t share this link with you and something gets into your coop at night: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/coop-security-hardware-cloth-vs-chicken.html Chicken wire is intended to keep peeps in, not bad guys out.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thank you Kathy – we’re new at this chicken-raising thing and soaking up all the information we can! ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Bonnie – it’s important to me from an environmental standpoint to try to use what we already have before considering a purchase. Mission accomplished! 🙂 ~TMR~

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  7. Linda @ A La Carte

    What a nice home for your chickens! I too like the nesting boxes! Thanks for linking with TTF this week. Linda

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  8. Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Don’t you love old barns? I wish their walls could tell us the stories of everyone who has lived there! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  9. The Wilderness Wife

    What a gorgeous coop. I love the old buildings and am so glad you took the time and energy to save this old structure. Please come share this post at The Wilderness Wife Blog Party – Wicked Good Wednesday – http://www.wildernesswife.com/its-wicked-good-wednesday-in-maine-4/

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks for your kind words, and for your linky invitation. Think I’ll “hop” on over! ~TMR~

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  10. Joan @ The Chicken Mama

    Love it! What a beautiful, useful barn. Cute chickens too 🙂 Love the gate as a roost – use what you’ve got!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yep Joan, I think at TMR we’ve made “use what you’ve got” into an Olympic event! LOL ~TMR~

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  11. PK Kirkpatrick

    Wow those baby chicks are growing like weeds. They look like they love the new spacious area.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yes ma’am, PK – they’re loving it. I’m loving the fact that this beautiful old barn is once again housing chickens! ~TMR~

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  12. Lisa

    This looks wonderful! I hope you will come share at this week’s From the Farm Blog Hop hosted by 6 great blogs! http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2013/06/from-farm-blog-hop-39.html Lisa Fresh Eggs Daily

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  13. Rachael

    Now THIS is what I picture when I think of a chicken coop! It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I love knowing that you reused materials that would otherwise go to waste. Plus, those hens look mighty thrilled, too! AWESOME!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Rachael – we’ve wanted to be able to use this section of the barn for years, but now that we’re finally getting our feet wet raising chickens it’s a dream come true. The old coop is once again housing chickens the way it did waaaaaaay back then! Love it. ~TMR~

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  14. Ashley

    I love your nest boxes! I prefer the look of wood as well, but I love how these look so easy to keep clean.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Ashley, we were looking high & low for something that would work & I think these will be perfect! ~TMR~

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