The interior of the Prairie Farm Chicken Home for Unwed Mothers is finally complete. *whew*
That's not to say that we're done yet. Oh, no. That would be too much to hope for. We had no idea, when we set out on this little adventure, just how much freaking work this would be!
Before we begin our tour and you think I've gone completely off my nut, there is method behind my interior decorating madness.
We re-purposed as many materials as we could on this project, beginning with the structure itself. Originally a grain shed, we converted one half of it into a chicken coop. The other half will serve as storage for feed and tools, etc.
To save on the mounting costs, we opted to use particle board to cover the insulation on the interior walls, instead of the more expensive plywood. Unfortunately, that meant that they would have to be sealed with paint. I also want to be able to give the coop a thorough scrubbing on a regular basis.
Since I was going to have to paint anyway, I thought I might as well have some fun with it, so I pulled out all the sample pots of paint I've accumulated in the past year and got busy. Besides, I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time in here, myself, so I may as well make it attractive. All the paints are acrylic and the coop has had ample time to air out.
I'd originally intended to leave the vintage entrance door, as is, however, upon closer inspection, it was more scruffy than charming so I freshened it up with a coat of paint, as well.
There are actually four different shades of yellow and three shades of green in this room, although it's difficult to tell.
As I mentioned, a lot of what was used to construct the coop consisted of found materials. Some of the wood was pretty scrappy, necessitating a paint job to smooth down rough edges and make it harder for mites to hide.
Several years ago, I tried my hand at quilting and eventually abandoned the project altogether. The quilting squares work beautifully as nesting box curtains and all the hard work I put into them has finally been put to good use. There is lots of information on the internet about why nest box curtains are useful, however Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily summarizes it all very well here.
With diatomaceous earth strewn beneath a layer of fresh wheat straw on the floor and inside the nesting boxes, the installation of feed & water stations and a dust bath, the coop is ready for occupancy.
Still left to do: completion of the chicken run and the implementation of security measures.
Tick tock...tick tock...