We've been busy at work bringing back to life this tired, old, yet oh so wonderful farm and all of its bits and pieces.
One of the many charming things about this farm that grabbed our immediate attention was the 100+ year old big red barn. Not only was the barn charming in every way, it happened to be GIAGANTIC. A farmer sees major potential with having a big barn! You simply can't have enough outbuildings and structures on a fully operational farm. In the barn, there are rooms that will be used for different functions and to store things, a HUGE hayloft that will serve for entertaining purposes, and a barnyard filled with lots of excitement.
At our previous farm, we had a great brooder house to brood all of our chicks. We tossed around many ideas for brooder house options at the new farm. But, one of the ideas that seemed to make the most sense and be the easiest to make happen was converting one of the rooms of the barn into a brooder house. This has allowed us to raise smaller batches of chickens more frequently increasing our broiler production by a lot.
So far, the brooder house seems to be working really well. The chicks will rotate through this room and then directly outside into a secure area that's outside in the barnyard once they feather out. From the barnyard area (once they've adapted to being outside with their new feathers), they'll make their way out to pasture where they will live out the rest of their days eating grasshoppers, bugs, and foraging through the grass.
Here are some photos of the new set up!