Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Our chicken coop is very old. My great grandparents used it. My grandparents used it. And now we’re using it. While the interior has changed to suit the needs of our flock the outside has remained pretty much the same.

Photographic evidence – Great Grandpa Roy in front of the coop (1930s maybe).

014_roy on bike

 This one was taken a few months ago – see how little has changed?

011Years and years and years of Northeastern Ohio weather have really done a number on the coop. We have plans to paint and replace windows and all that jazz but an immediate job arose the other day after some heavy winds – the coop needed a new door.

Remember the other day I mentioned that on a recent Sunday Funday Mike installed a new shop door? Well, the old door was just laying around so eureka! Perfect for the coop!

First things first – remove the old door. The chickens enjoyed the show. I hope you will notice that the handle is an old thread spindle. My grandpa like to reduce, reuse, and recycle as well.

001_OldCoopDoorRemovalNext, hold up the new (but also super old) door and make some pencil markings about how/where to hang. Also, put up a support so the door can be hung with confidence.

010_newdoorandsupportMike held the door while I screwed in the hinges and the door fit like a champ! Now, we just needed a way to secure it.

The old door jam from the shop still had the deadbolt fixin’s so we decided to reuse those. The jam already made it up to the fire pit and more bad news – loads of paint and age made removing the bolt pretty difficult. That and the flat head screws that were used.

To quote Mike, “Flatheads are f&%*ing worthless. Worthless!”

005_pryinglockSo worthless and difficult to remove in fact that Mike busted it with his pry bar. Oops.

But he pried it off anyways and we went back to the shop so he could drill some new holes into the part where the bolt goes.

006_DrillingOutLockOnce we had new holes he just screwed the plate onto the door jam and voilà!

007_doorlockWhy is the lock on the outside? We put the door on this way so that it opens to the left and when the wind blows like hell it will push the door shut instead of swinging it open – like the old door.

Only problem – you can’t close the door all the way while you’re inside the coop or you’ll totally lock yourself in there. Uh oh.


The new door is great. It’s much more sturdy and secure and it lets a bit more light into the coop. All good things.

And lastly, it is with a very heavy heart that I have to share some bad news with you – Little Enos, our first turkey poult, died. I just posted a picture of her on our Facebook page showing she had improved. She was finally eating and drinking more on her own and walking around and peeping.

I checked on her after work and she was looking good. When I looked in again just before dinner she was gone. I called Mike in and he wrapped her up and we buried her in the big bed of Lily of the Valley. I only cried a little.

We have several more eggs in the incubator and hopefully we’ll get some good, strong poults this time around.

RIP Little Enos




About Barton Farms and Gardens

My husband and I are bringing an old family farm back to life while simultaneously working full-time jobs and raising two kids. It's a gas!
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