The old hen house is across the stream from the Spring. I think the old owners chose an ideal place for it. It is out of the way, close to a clean water source for the chickens and it’s also on high ground.
When we first bought the place, we had hoped to be able to repair it and use it immediately. When we started working on it, we quickly found that we needed to go to plan B. It was more dilapidated and rotten than we had anticipated. It would take almost completely rebuilding the whole thing to make it secure enough to keep the hens warm, dry and safe from predators.
Our thinking right now, is that when we get ready to build the new hen house, we (or at least ‘I’) would like to have it where this old one is.
Right in front of it is some unusually soft dirt! I thought about all of the happy chickens from days gone by spending their time dusting out there, and my chickens have already ventured over there and found it. They have dusted there numerous times. There is something very gratifying about watching chickens take a dust bath. They seem to enjoy it so much!
On one of our first trips to the new place, Simba wandered over there and took a dust bath, too.
When we were there last time, I took some pictures of the inside. I thought it was interesting.
The Hen House Door:
(They had apparently tacked cardboard over some of the spaces and holes in the boards to keep the draft out!)
The Nesting Boxes:
This door leads to a storage area, (probably for feed and supplies). It also gives access to the roosting area.
The Storage area room looking at the opening to the roosting/nesting area:
I have loved seeing this hen house where it is. I think it looks quaint, and it’s part of the history of the place. While I hate for it to go, we have been using some of the good wood off of it on other things in the house (which I will get to later). ‘Barn Wood’ or ‘Reclaimed Wood’ is pretty hot right now, not to mention frugal. I love the rustic look of the wood. We have even thought of using some of the wood from the old hen house as a facade on the new hen house to make it look rustic.
It has been hard to watch pieces of the old hen house come down, board by board. I take solace that at least the old hen house will ‘live on’ in some way by our reusing the wood from it to rebuild or ‘beautify’ other things.