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Old 10-29-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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My Uncle had a Comm 'egg' Farm, with 5 barn about 500K Chickens. After he turn'ed the farm over to his son, he ran the 'egg' farm for about 10 years, then Converted the chicken barns into to a self storage place. but you can still smell the 50 years of chickens some. And i know he powerwash'ed and bleach'ed it to death.
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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That's pretty much what I was thinking in terms of using it for a home. The mites, the dander, the smell just of chickens... ugh. It's going to be in everything. Self storage does sound like a great idea though.
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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I just read an article about a family who lived in the chicken house while they were building their main house... I think it was on Mother Earth News or grit or one of those types. I'll see if I can find it again. Basically, the roof was too low and it was cold/drafty and there was no storage space, but it was manageable for a year or two while they were building.

Here's an article about a couple who converted a poultry house to a home: Art and vision help transform Hernando poultry house into livable abode » The Commercial Appeal
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:53 PM
 
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This isn't a chicken coop. Its a 300 foot long commercial chicken house, maybe 9,000 - 15,000 give or take square feet total.

Thank you all for the input. I haven't thought of chemical stuff being a problem. I wander if there is a way to test for that.
Wouldn't do it, seriously. Ever heard of avian flu? You can catch diseases from what has been left behind from birds living in crowded conditions.
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Old 10-29-2010, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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You can use a shellac based primer to take care of any smell or anything leaching from the walls. In my opinion, you should ALWAYS use a primer, but not everyone listens to me. Some of them end up regretting it.

I know that there are machines that detect levels of toxic compounds in the air, from my days in the Navy, but I don't know where you can go to have such tests done on a more personal level.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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Aldo Leopold converted one (a personal one, not a commercial coop) to a cabin. He wrote about parts of it, but I forgot which book. Probably Sand County Almanac.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Found that article I mentioned earlier: "My Life After the Chickens" by Neil Shelton - page one (http://www.homestead.org/Almanac/MyLifeAftertheChickens.htm - broken link)
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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IIRC Home makeover edition had someone who lived in one thinking they would remodel it but it was too big a job and would cost a fortune.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:10 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for all the input. I'll take all this into consideration.
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:02 PM
 
Location: South of Maine
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That's pretty much what I was thinking in terms of using it for a home. The mites, the dander, the smell just of chickens... ugh. It's going to be in everything. Self storage does sound like a great idea though.
....sounds like a good place to store chickens!
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