There are always outdoor projects on the go here, some bigger in nature, most smaller. Last year, looking for a quick way to store hay for the winter (we don’t have a barn or outbuildings apart from our small chicken coop), my husband put together a pyramid haystack. The very definition of a quick project.
It was a nice little project that quickly provided us with dry hay storage (not to mention a useful prop for our younger son’s games with friends, resulting in a misshapen stack the following spring!).
This year my husband was keen to create a more permanent storage space for hay, as well as somewhere to stack some of our outdoor firewood (we have plenty in the house and the garage). He spent this past summer considering the best and simplest way to build onto our chicken coop, and in the early fall we finally got to work. The chickens were always nearby and curious.
As with many of our projects, leftover wood from other projects, scrap wood and scavenged items were predominantly used. We even picked up some free wood pallets that are serving as the base underneath the firewood section. New items that had to be purchased: screws and three sheets of galvanized metal roofing.
It’s a project that my husband and I mainly did together, but it was helpful to call in our much taller teenager when we hit the roofing stage.
A section of page wire fencing from one our scrap piles was pressed into use to separate the hay storage from the wood.
Our younger son had his own project on the go just feet away on the final day of the main construction phase, one of those blessedly sunny late fall days.
We had to call it done when we ran out of wood. We still need to make a door for the hay storage and some kind of coverage for the wood storage, but for now we’ll likely make do with tarps as we need to move onto other more urgent jobs before the snow flies.
I don’t think the chickens will mind if things remain open for inspection a little while longer.