Saving the Old Chicken House

| 4/1/2014 11:38:00 AM

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Mary ConleyDear Lovers Of Old Buildings,

I recently posted the photo below of what was an old chicken house. A Facebook friend, Jacque Elwood, who used to live in the area, commented that she remembers the building well, and that Helen, who once lived there, always had a porch full of eggs ready for shipping or to sell to neighbors. We really enjoy hearing such memories about our little farm.


I grew up helping my mom with the chickens and eggs, so I was fascinated with the excellent setup that Helen had. This building is big, 20x50 feet, and even though the interior was broken down and contained a lot of junk, we could still see how it functioned. First of all, to have a hydrant inside would be any farm woman’s dream. Also, besides being partitioned off for nesting boxes and roosts, it was obvious that a little room at the far end was for storing chicken feed. How handy! It kinda made me wish I was Helen!

Larry in chicken house 

12/1/2016 3:14:06 PM

Hi Mary, I love that you fixed up your old chicken house. I am a big fan of renovation when possible. I really enjoy saving what can be saved and giving it new life. So many times I have wandered around inside and old structure and looked at it for ways to save it and make it useful again. Thanks for your lovely story without white washing the process!

4/2/2014 7:14:33 AM

Thanks for the nice comments, ladies! Larry & I hope to do some of those finishing touches this summer while also raising our produce again. We are getting slower, though, and need our afternoon naps, so who knows how much will actually get done! I think we had better go for "enjoying" what we are doing. As far as treasures, I think the place had already been "plundered" a few times. Even after we were first looking at it, there were some handy racks of large canning jars that I was excited about in one of the buildings that disappeared. We did get a few things for in the house and some interesting parts of old machinery, but nothing exciting.

4/1/2014 8:52:22 PM

Mary, that is just truly inspiring! Too many of us start projects and never finish them. The building turned out beautifully, even without the steps. What a great feeling it must have been to put on that final coat of paint!

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