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#1 2012-07-15 01:45:14

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

This summer we are building a barn. It will be a 24 ft x 40 ft gamberel roof barn mainly intended to house my precious chickens =D The chickens are already hatched so now the presure is on to have it ready for winter :snowman: :nervous:

We started with a plan on paper in the winter and then started digging foundation in June. I can't figure out at the moment how to post the floor plans but on the main floor will be a 20 ft x 12 ft coop (with access to a yard), a 10 ft x 12 ft room with breeding/rooster wall cages, a 10 ft x 12 ft brooder room, a 10 ft x 12 ft utility room and a large alley. Plus a loft with stair access for storage.

I have gotten pretty good at running our little tractor mounted back hoe and i'll tell you running the back hoe is WAY better than running a shovel! The barn will have power and water so utilities had to be dug in. We also put in weeping tile into a sump and foam insulation around the foundation.
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/afa14ff4.jpg

To prepare for pouring the cement (a monolithic slab) there was a lot of sand to move around. Took forever and a day to get this part done!
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/f5bea832.jpg

Then came the rebar, that's about when this heat wave hit!
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/081bdf7a.jpg

And then installing in the lines for infloor heating.
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/ffb094f1.jpg

And finally today was cement pouring day. The local company who poured for us was amazing, they helped us a huge amount even with the manual labour. That's me front and centre with the bull float, I apparently got the "foreman's job" and I think I did pretty good!
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/Barn//80e82137.jpg

And the almost finished product.
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/4593e6cd.jpg

We got it power trowelled and covered in plastic later this afternoon and are very happy with the result! Needless to say we are exhausted but we now have the pad for the barn finished and got the hay off with no rain on it too!

Next weekend we'll start framing.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#2 2012-07-15 01:50:27

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Excusee- in floor heating?? Can I live in it??

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#3 2012-07-15 02:14:59

skeffling lavender farm
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From: Wiarton, ON, Canada
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Very nice pics and barn floor :thumbs: Yeah I could live there too :jumping:

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#4 2012-07-15 12:39:30

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

PG,

I think you could start a waitlist - there would be chickens from all over signing up to be the first guests at PG's Chicken Spa. :lol:

Good job!!!


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#5 2012-07-15 15:24:24

poplar girl
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Yup, I am certainly looking forward to having a 5 star facility.  I am trying to keep in mind that someone down the road might not want to use the barn for chickens but then I think it's my barn and I'll set it up how I want!

The infloor heat will be using coal which is very cost effective. I will need to make sure the litter does not get too dirty I imagine but I have read about a few people who heat barns this way so hopefully it works well.

I think i might find myself spending some considerable time out there as well.  I plan to use the utility room for washing and storing eggs, incubating and hatching, storing all the various first aid supplies for the chooks, etc. there will be a sink under the stairs as well for washing up dirty feeders and waterers.

I hope it's well designed but I can't help think there are probably so many things I should be doing differently.

Here is the floor plan:
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/60e8625f.jpg


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#6 2012-07-15 17:38:03

Amblecroft
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From: Millbrook, Ontario
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Very nice indeed!  You have very lucky chickens!


Susan Buttivant at Amblecroft,
Chaparral Pyrenean Shepherds and Petits Bassets
http://www3.sympatico.ca/chaparral/amblecroft.html

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#7 2012-07-16 00:18:58

Susan
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Where's the tv?  Better be flat screen :)

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#8 2012-07-16 00:22:47

gubi
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

:thumbsup:


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#9 2012-07-16 04:11:36

Prairie Chick
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From: Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

totally awesome!


Chickens:  EO's, BLRW, Ameracauna's (blue/black/splash also Lavender) and lavender D'Uccles
Waterfowl: Super dewlap Africans, Seb's, American Blue Geese, Muscovies,
also guinea fowl and peafowl

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#10 2012-07-16 11:40:19

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Wow it's going to be the "Chicken Hilton" :thumbsup:  Your floor plan looks great!!

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#11 2012-07-20 13:22:05

debbiej
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Flat Rock Farm wrote:

Wow it's going to be the "Chicken Hilton" :thumbsup:  Your floor plan looks great!!

I agree,  jealous, oh so jealous

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#12 2012-07-20 14:59:47

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
Registered: 2011-07-06
Posts: 1403

Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

OK way too cool, my floor plan is almost exactly like yours. Wish I knew how to get it onto the forum. I can see why you would want to spend a lot of time out there!

XOX Monika

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#13 2012-07-20 19:44:33

poplar girl
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Monika, to post the floor plan from my iPad I hit "save image" and then uploaded the image to photobucket, not sure if that helps you or not.

The wood to start building was delivered today, if the weather cooperates we will start putting up walls tomorrow :)


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#14 2012-07-20 22:31:24

NaturesPace
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From: Augusta county VA, USA
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Wow! Looks great. Can you come to Virginia and build our house? We just closed on our property today and need to build a house for us before we get the chickens new digs.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#15 2012-07-21 01:10:55

poplar girl
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

:congrats: on your new property NP! Building your own home will teach you much about yourself and your husband if you choose to go that way. We have never built a house, renovated several, but never built. It would sure make your house feel like a home if you built it yourself.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#16 2012-07-24 00:38:32

poplar girl
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

I am exhausted as a result but we made good progress on the barn this weekend. With a lot of help from a few good friends we got the walls for the lower floor up =D We did add some windows to the original design.
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/f5a07fd3.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/f50cf369.jpg
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/a55f9fe7.jpg

At dusk, around 10pm or so, this is what we had, four walls!
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/600fd7d1.jpg


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#17 2012-07-24 00:45:26

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Wow looks great so far :thumbsup:

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#18 2012-07-24 14:14:23

Prairie Chick
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From: Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan
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Posts: 261

Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

You will have it filled up in no time =D


Chickens:  EO's, BLRW, Ameracauna's (blue/black/splash also Lavender) and lavender D'Uccles
Waterfowl: Super dewlap Africans, Seb's, American Blue Geese, Muscovies,
also guinea fowl and peafowl

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#19 2012-07-24 16:57:10

NaturesPace
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From: Augusta county VA, USA
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

i'm really enjoying this thread. thanks for taking us step by step through this building project. I will forward this to my DH so he can get started. :funny:


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#20 2012-07-28 17:44:31

ScottMcCray
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From: Western NC/Central VA
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Posts: 51

Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Bookmarked and idea "borrowed" - looks great!

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#21 2012-07-28 17:49:46

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Hey Scott, haven't heard from you in awhile :hi:

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#22 2012-07-28 18:28:43

ScottMcCray
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From: Western NC/Central VA
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Hey, Paula!

I've lurked just a bit - I need to be more active!

Gettin' ready for :roadtrip: to Virginia next week - family reunion :happycrowd" and chook inspections! :net: :pics: :thumbsup:

Get to meet with our (planned) builder back home, inspect the homesite and hopefully get our project a step closer...
I still don't know if I'm going to be able to stay with my current company and work remotely - but it sure would make life easier! I *do* know where I can get some EO and other chicken stock, though! =D

When are you folks coming down again? Sorry I had to bow out on your last visit...
I'm looking forward to seeing all the changes Glen has put in since my last trip home.

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#23 2012-07-28 19:13:16

Maggiesdad
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Oooh!  I bet I know what he means when he sez 'chicken stock'    :eat:  :funny:


Oy stobbit you hijackers!   :excited:

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#24 2012-07-28 19:37:10

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

Well good to hear from you Scott, was wondering what happened to you.  Yes too bad you didn't make it that day we had a great time and look forward to the day we can do it again, 9 1/2 hours ain't so bad for a :roadtrip:
Well enjoy you family reunion am sure you will have a great time knowing the company you will be keeping :thumbsup:

MG.... Oy....NO....hijackin is fun :funny:

Sorry PG......:oops:

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#25 2012-07-31 02:12:13

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Re: Our Summer (and Winter!) Barn Project

And after another weekend of work....
An interior wall.
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/603484ed.jpg

A loft floor.
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/be7aaa5e.jpg

And gamberel trusses to give a sneak peak of next weekends activities.
http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/sulzmi/Barn/f5329ecf.jpg


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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