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Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

February 22, 2006
11:07 PM

Post #2064185

Found this in the dirt cellar of our old Victorian home. With pine shavings and chopped straw, it'll make the perfect nesting box. Can you guess at its past life?

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KathyJo
Fayette, MO
(Zone 6a)

February 23, 2006
12:32 AM

Post #2064356

Can I say it here? outhouse seats?
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

February 23, 2006
12:35 AM

Post #2064367

Yep! I'm so proud. Now I really have to plant my "Outhouse Hollyhocks" by the coop. They say people used to not have to ask where the privy was; you just looked for the hollyhocks. :)
Virginian
Falls Mills, VA

February 23, 2006
1:05 AM

Post #2064451

LOL
Awww...use it for a nest box, the chickens won't care about its previous use!
Thats a pretty dog too!
TamaraFaye
Fritch, TX
(Zone 6b)

February 23, 2006
6:31 AM

Post #2065063

mah-velous idea Zeppy!

oh course, the hollyhocks had to be there, it would have been imporper to ASK where the outhouse was LOL

tf
PeggieK
Claremore, OK
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2006
1:03 AM

Post #2066811

What a great find. Lucky hens to have such antique furnishings for their home. Pretty classy chicks.
Badseed
Lynchburg, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2006
5:58 PM

Post #2068221

Absolutely priceless! I do recognize the holes. LOL My great grandma refused indoor plumbing until she left her home. You say hollyhocks are the outhouse plant of choice?? I thought it was canna?
KathyJo
Fayette, MO
(Zone 6a)

February 26, 2006
1:39 PM

Post #2072466

I hate to say it... But , you know I recognize them because I have used an old outhouse many many times.

Yes, priceless.
Badseed
Lynchburg, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 28, 2006
10:29 PM

Post #2077889

LOL KathyJo.

If you visited my Great Grandmother, which I did on weekends and in the summer, that was the ONLY potty. :)
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 6, 2006
6:25 PM

Post #2091083

I'd been using cardboard boxes with holes cut in them for nesting boxes, as the hens seem to appreciate the closed-in nature of a dark box with a hole. So it was a gimmee when I saw these. I like coops with old ladders, cabinets, etc.; this was just an extension of that. Now I have to cut a crescent moon into the coop door. :)
TamaraFaye
Fritch, TX
(Zone 6b)

March 7, 2006
2:31 AM

Post #2092197

yes, that moon will be the finishing touch!
PeggieK
Claremore, OK
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2006
7:58 PM

Post #2110225

Zeppy, did you get the new nesting boxes installed ? Chickens are so funny when you put something new in their pen. I love to watch them stand and cock their heads and gawk at anything strange in their little world.
I wonder what their tiny little brains are thinking. lol
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

April 21, 2006
9:19 PM

Post #2209151

Oof, finally these are in the coop, nearly finished...

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Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

April 21, 2006
9:21 PM

Post #2209158

Those nesting boxes are really one box, after the Storey "dark box" idea (though not all that dark). We'll see if they take to it. Here's the little door outside we collect the eggs from.

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MiniSchnuz
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 25, 2006
4:59 PM

Post #2219743

That's great idea to collect eggs from outside.
PeggieK
Claremore, OK
(Zone 6a)

April 25, 2006
5:51 PM

Post #2219943

Hey Zeppie, those look great. Are your chickens taking a liking to them yet ? I like your little egg collection door. That makes it easier than having to go inside the pen each time.
Thanks for posting the pics. It's so fun to see what neat ideas others come up with. Now I'm liable to be looking for abandoned outhouses so my girlies can be so up-town. lol

Funny, I hadn't noticed before that one of the holes was small and the other larger. Guess when Mama went to the outhouse, she dragged the little ones in tow. Our kids don't know what they've got with all those cute little potty-chairs, do they ? hehe
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

April 25, 2006
7:24 PM

Post #2220179

I guess you didn't want the kids to fall in too often. Ick...

The hens aren't moved in yet until we get those roosts up. Soon, soon, soon, I hope.
PeggieK
Claremore, OK
(Zone 6a)

April 26, 2006
4:30 PM

Post #2223399

Does your egg door have a latch ? I didn't have a latch on mine, and I think that's how the raccoon got in and got some of my chickens a while back. Who would have thought something would get up that high and be able to manipulate the door open while hanging on the side of the building ? That was the time I lost chickens and could find no visable way of entry into their pen. It had to be thru the egg door. It still bumfuzzles me how he did it, but that's what had to happen. Since then, I've got latches on all of mine, no more problems with that...so far. :-)
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

April 26, 2006
4:38 PM

Post #2223421

Hmm. Didn't think of that. We are planning to put a latch on it, as it doesn't *quite* close. I'll get right on it; thanks! We don't have any raccoons, fortunately: I'm in a small agricultural village and I think they don't make it in this far. :)

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