Build local / think global: No design event could be more important to Henry the Rooster than specifying suitable lodgings for the winter months ahead. Henry, an avid reader of Dwell Magazine, prefers the clean, mid-century 'test house' lines to mere farm vernacular architecture... "Give me a good, flat-pitched 'Case Study Hen House' in place of a musty Georgian pile any day!" asserted Henry. (With apologies to Biatrix Potter...).
|Henry the Rooster|
|The new chicken wagon.|
One day on walkabout he surveyed his Dutchess County domain once again, but with fresh eyes. Suddenly he came upon the answer to his wobbly wattle dreams. "What-ho is this?" cried Henry, "...this chic caravan must have been created just for me! Why, even its blue and green colors are akin to the hues of the hen's eggs."
|Wondrous interior of the chicken wagon.|
"Henry, this wagon is not for you, at least not for now," answered Auntie Sophie. We are going to have a birthday party in it for the children on Sunday.'
|'Styling' the wagon for the party.|
|Taking a snooze.|
Post-script: Fast Forward to October 2013
|This is the old original Meili Farm chicken wagon; version 1.0 so to speak. It is also on wheels. The white mesh electric fence is to keep critters at bay; raccoons, foxes, mink etc.|
Next: See how the chicken wagon was built.
|International Harvester running gear.|
|Douglas fir wood framing bolted to the stakes.|
|Deck framing completed.|
|Celebrating the roof rafters going up.|
|Installing the 1820 paneled door that came out of a client's old Kent house in 1995 with original hardware. The varnished grab-bar / pole to the left of the door is a safety feature. |
|Paint the floor white for E-Z cleaning. Chicken door at far end.|
|Done! Uncle Craig drives it over to the farm for painting.|
Where do the eggs from Sophie's hens go?
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