A freezer truck box repurposed
You may remember that before we built our new walk-in freezer last fall,
we were using two large truck-box freezers for meat storage. What do
you do with large truck boxes that are no longer in use??
We really needed more space for our baby chicks. so one of the truck
boxes got moved out into the pasture and we installed heat lamps, fans,
and waterers, and turned it into a chick brooder house. The baby chicks
need external heat until they grow their feathers, so they live in the
brooder house for the first couple weeks. Then they're moved into the
green houses (you can read about the greenhouses here).
Initially, the chicks take up about 1/3 of the space, but as they grow,
we expand their space to include most of the truck box, with a little
space left to store the feed and such.
We're thinking we'll put the other truck box on wheels to make it easier
to move, install nesting boxes, and turn it into a home for the laying
hens. More about that when we actually do it.