March 03, 2009

Chicken Shed

While a single shed can have a lot of uses, it can be tough to balance a wide set of needs when faced with a tight budget. Raising livestock, storing lawn care equipment, and starting seeds can be a tough combo to accommodate. It doesn't just take the right set of shed plans, it takes a good bit of ingenuity and diligence, too ...

Kevin wrote:

I want to build a shed that I can use part of it to raise meat chickens in the early spring for about 8 weeks. I want to store my lawn mower in it. I would also like to be able to use it to as a greenhouse to start some of my seedlings before I stick them outside. I have a very small budget. The shed does not have to be huge.

When I built my greenhouse shed, I expected to use it to start my seedlings, as well as to store the lawn tractor and a bunch of tools. It worked out that way for a number of years, until I gave up on starting seeds out there. Things just got too crowded ... and quite honestly, eventually the shed reeked of oil, gasoline, and yard chemicals. Long story short, it wasn't the kind of environment where I wanted to grow my food.

That having been said, the tasks of starting seeds and raising chickens in a single greenhouse shed might not be mutually exclusive. One ideal might be to partition off the lawn mower storage area and seal it well, while providing adequate and individual ventilation for each area.

Posted by geekbooks at March 3, 2009 09:24 PM

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