Mose people who read the blog or our Facebook page know that we’re caught in the cold grips of a pretty severe Arctic Storm. It’s been at or sub-zero for weeks.
As rural residents, this brings several issues to the forefront as you deal with the cold, blizzards, lack of mobility and safety. In the woods, you’re on your own.
Many of you that are following our “farm exploits” know that as of Spring 2014 our poultry and rabbits will be housed in 20′ ISBUs (Shipping containers) that have been remodeled, insulated and heated. The reasons for this are numerous, but include defense against predation, Mother Nature and “two legged miscreants bent on getting free eggs and meat”. The fact that they are actually “movable” should mean the we’re gonna break the record for the World’s Largest Chicken Tractors… LOL!
We posted a short blurb on Facebook, to see if there was any interest in this. Within about an hour, we received 17 PMs (private messages) asking for ISBU (Shipping Container) Chicken Coop images.
So, again for the record – In SPRING 2014… our poultry and small livestock (rabbits, etc…) will be housed in ISBU based Corten Steel outbuildings.
As we get these ISBU based “Chicken Castles” laid out and constructed, I’ll share them with you. Let me get them going in the right direction, huh? : )
I posted this to “seed” interest as many of us are seeing our livestock and birds oppressed by predation and theft. We’re trying to figure out a cost effective, weatherized (self contained) way to accomplish it. ISBUs allow a ready made, transportable, weather-resistant container that is perfect for creating strong “livestock systems.” The nice thing about using 20′ ISBUs is that they are easily moved with a forklift. Couple that with some recycled rigid insulation, a small bank or Photovoltaic panels on the roof to make power for heat and operate fans for venting, etc… and you have something pretty impressive.
- Corten plus Concrete equals CAVE? (renaissanceronin.wordpress.com)
- ISBU Storage – When is enough enough? (renaissanceronin.wordpress.com)
- “Hard Teepee”… It’s NOT the name of a Rock Band. (renaissanceronin.wordpress.com)
- Architect Uses Shipping Containers to Expand Cottage Into a Family Home (jetsongreen.com)