Thursday, June 20, 2013

Archeological dig

Considering how many outbuildings we have on this old farm, we have remarkably little useable storage space. That's because so many of the outbuildings look like this on the inside.

This is a 10 x 20 bay on the south side of the garage barn. You're looking at a solid mass of old construction debris, dating back decades. Farmers never throw anything away. 

I have decided I need the space for animal housing. Long term, probably a big, roomy chicken coop. I'm not liking our current setup, even with the new space in the new barn. So, I will try again. 

First step is to remove the junk. I went to Angies List Monday morning and pulled off the names of haulers. Guys with trucks and the will to do hard, dirty, physical labor. Here's the same space after less than an hour of work Monday evening.

Next step, a floor. I had a concrete guy come out to look Wednesday. While I wait for him to do his magic, I'll start thinking about the walls and some windows.

In the meantime, here's some interesting stuff that came out of the shed. 

Huge 12-15 foot long pallets made from old wood. Somehow, someway, there must be a new use for these.

A tiny bottle from old green glass, that says DO NOT REFILL on the side. Surprisingly the only bottle found among all the junk.

An elegant old wooden door, with the original knobs and hardware. Wish this were still IN the house.

And most appropriately, old nesting boxes and an old burlap bag for Wayne Feeds Poultry Mixer. Clearly this shed was meant to be a chicken coop!


  1. Ahhh, all kinds of treasures, you can use the door on your chicken coop.

  2. I think it's a sign....Chicken Coop it shall be!

  3. I am jealous, it is an awesome shed, with major possibilities!!!! can't wait to see what you do.

  4. Amazing work! We had several outbuildings filled to the brim with stuff like that on our farm when we moved in, too. Still have the center room of the barn we have only gotten about half cleared out. Unfortunately, we didn't find any treasures, though. Except for one very old bowling pin. Go figure.