The turkeys and a few chickens had still been in the barn, and the smell was becoming a problem. Last week I had attempted to unite the clans, and it didn’t end well. So I needed more pens to get everything out of the barn.
Sunday, after picking up a camper in the morning, homestead boy #1 and I got to work. For the turkeys we made a 3′ tall by 6′ wide by 115″ long pen. The 115″ was because that was the length boards we had so that’s what we used. I showed him how to use the power miter saw and the air staple gun and gave him a few more pointers in using a drill driver and he did most of the work himself. He measured and cut, screwed and stapled. I am very proud of him. We used some sheets of plywood I recently got. One sheet on each side of a corner, and another for the roof. On the turkey pen I hinged the roof and made a board to hold it open.
I adjusted the feeder to account for the increased height over the brooder. That is the beauty of not gluing the feeder together. I just separated the upper tube and cut a longer one. I used bungee straps to tie it down.
I found a gentleman on Craigslist, selling half sheets of 1/2″ plywood, so I bought a pallet. I know I will find a multitude of projects for them.
With that project down we got to work on a pen for the chickens. We made this one a bit shorter at 24″ as chickens don’t get as tall. It was 6’x115″ for a foot print. We got that one done just in time for dinner. Homestead boy #2 was another helper for that one. This allowed me to get some of the hens that had been picked on during the failed integrating of the flocks to have their own space.
After getting the two pens and getting all the birds out of the barn I moved the brooder out of the barn and sprayed the floor where it had been. I then removed all the bedding from the brooder and took it down to the compost pile. I plan to take the floor off of it, and use it as a pen for the roosters until I decide what to do with them. The barn already has lost the smell of birds and all that goes along with them. Woohoo!