Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Modifications to the Sheep Barn

Our sheep barn began its life as a chicken coop. Now it houses the sheep in the winter, and hay and composting sheep manure in the summer. Over the past few years, we've heard other sheep producers talk about curtains as a replacement for some of the barn walls. We determined this past winter that this would be a good idea for the back part of the barn.

So the large fans were removed, and the steel side walls were cut out.

The steel needed to be stacked up neatly for future use. We took the nails out of all the boards, preparing them for future use if they were in good condition, or for burning if they weren't. The fans were put in storage, waiting for a buyer.

A sill was added to finish off the wall opening.

The construction clean-up had to be done quickly to ready the barn for first-cutting hay.

The curtain was mounted.

We will roll the curtain up when we want fresh air. And then when we want the warmth kept in, it can be rolled back down. Either way, light is let into the formerly very dark barn.

The curtain is rolled up right now. The barn aisle is stacked full of hay. Project finished.


  1. Wow, it is much brighter in there! It looks great!

  2. Looks like it would be more bright in the barn with natural light and more air circulation for your animals. Great idea put into practice.


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