From Brooder House To Chicken House

| 3/20/2014 3:09:00 PM

Mary ConleyDear readers,

On my last post, Old Buildings, I promised that if you “stay tuned,” I would begin our story about what we did with several of the old buildings, so here goes with the smallest one!

When our granddaughter, Erin, moved to our farm, she not only brought her horse and three newly acquired sheep, she had already placed an order for 30 baby chickens. She was going to have an egg business and was excited to get started. The chicks could get by with temporary housing as they grew, but would need a chicken house by winter. It was a good thing we had a late fall that year of 2010, because a chicken house would take time to build. Here is the story about the transformation of the brooder house to a chicken house.


See that little building lost in the bushes? That is a brooder house. So many people have told me that they didn’t know what a brooder house was. Well, it is for baby chickens. One of my favorite childhood memories is when my mom and dad would come home smiling and happy with boxes of baby chickens. I couldn’t wait to help put them under the brooder stove. Then Mom would become like a new mother, always checking on the babies, even in the middle of the night, to see if the temperature and everything was just right.

If this brooder house could talk, it would tell you similar stories of the many springtimes it held baby chicks, and then how later in life it became a playhouse for little people. When we first saw it, the roof was falling in, covering play furniture with asphalt, dirt and leaves. Unfortunately, that was its last life, because when a roof is ruined, the building quickly decays.