The week of Valentine’s day Tom and I made a down payment on a fantastic little barn with the understanding that we would pay the second half once the owners helped us disassemble the barn, move it to our house, and reassemble it on our property. A few weeks ago we completed the project and moved the chickens into their new mansion. They are quite happy in their new home.
I put together a few pictures of the building process to share.
As you can see Hero was supervising from up on the hill.
The barn has hundred-year-old barn wood on the outside.
The nesting boxes you see in the back of the barn are from Tom’s great grandmother and grandfather’s ranch. The roosting bars are made from saplings from our property. Tom brilliantly installed them with hinges so they can be lifted up and hooked to the ceiling for easy cleaning underneath. The poop hammock was my vision. I saw a lady on Pinterest who had sewn one out of fabric, but then it needed to be cleaned regularly by shaking it off (which sounds too much like flying chicken poop to me) and brushing it with a broom (which sounded too much like smeared poop). I came up with the idea of using cheap shower liners so they can be disposable and affordable. Tom helped me put hooks into the roosting bars and the wall so I could attach it easily.
I had to decorate inside a bit to make sure it is fancy enough for my fancy hens. I added a cute little chandelier and a pretty mirror for the girls. I had the following message exchange with my mother-in-law.
Me: I did something in my chicken barn that may make you want to slap me.
MIL: Did you hang scarves?
Me: Just a small chandelier.
MIL: It is worse than scarves.
I had read that adding a mirror is good for chickens because it helps to entertain them and keep them from pecking at each other. I was lucky enough to snap the above picture of miss Betty checking it out.
Next to the mirror I hung a little teacup for grit and oyster shells when the girls need them.
In this picture you can see the front porch and the gorgeous sliding barn door Tom installed for me. You can also see a few of the chickens in the background in their chicken run, which is huge compared to their old one.
The goat pen also got expanded and they now have access to the front porch, which they are pretty tickled with.
To the left of the front door we branded both of our family brands. -7K (pronounced bar seven k) and V. Bar seven K is Tom’s family brand which has been used on many cows throughout the years. V is the brand for Vollrath, which is my great grandparents brand from their ranch in Texas many years ago.
We even installed a goat scratching station for the little girls on their front porch.
But no, our animals aren’t spoiled. The goats have been enjoying lounging on the front porch in the sun, although I haven’t been fast enough to capture any cute pictures.
I’m so thrilled with my chicken barn and all the sweat and hours of work Tom put into building it for me. Our first Valentine’s day together I had worked a graveyard the whole night of the thirteenth into the morning of the fourteenth. He had to teach all day on the fourteenth so at 6:30 AM we had a breakfast date that he made for me complete with flowers and balloons. This year for Valentine’s day I got hours and hours of work to build me the best darn chicken barn around. He’s the very best.