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Is this outback shed with slats a chicken coop?

est. late 1880s

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Someone told me the family just had sex in front of the kids in their one room homes. Maybe when they were asleep? No privacy.
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Is this outback shed with slats a chicken coop?

est. late 1880s

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Someone told me the family just had sex in front of the kids in their one room homes. Maybe when they were asleep? No privacy.
mayhap they did the ole nasty in the chicken coop
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I think it’s a corn crib.
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“Someone told me the family just had sex in front of the kids in their one room homes. Maybe when they were asleep? No privacy.”

Maybe that was the cause of Mary Ingalls going blind, poor girl.
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I think itís a corn crib.
Same thought............
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Someone told me the family just had sex in front of the kids in their one room homes. Maybe when they were asleep? No privacy.
Oddly enough, my wife and I wonder about this all the time. One of the things they never talk about in the books. My theory is that they just did it all the times when the kids where out gathering acorns or whatever.
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It’s a sod house - I think.
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corn crib, the slats lets air flow through to keep the corn dry and the critters standing next to it out
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At least two of the above posts are correct. Every farm had one for their corn. Ear corn that is.
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Yep corn crib,those were still being used a fair amount around here up into 70's
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How did they keep the mice out of the corn?
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A lady told me racoons got into her coop and killed all her chickens, about 20 of them. I figured the corn crib looked like a good coon proof design for chickens. I wonder if they had all the trouble we have with coons nowadays back then.

Corn must have been a big staple for them during the winter. Thought the sodbusters were more about wheat and bread. Never thought that it was for corn, but makes sense.
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A lady told me racoons got into her coop and killed all her chickens, about 20 of them. I figured the corn crib looked like a good coon proof design for chickens. I wonder if they had all the trouble we have with coons nowadays back then.

Corn must have been a big staple for them during the winter. Thought the sodbusters were more about wheat and bread. Never thought that it was for corn, but makes sense.
Livestock are raised on corn. Why field corn is sometimes called horse corn. Corn, oats, & hay. Their livestock was more important than a house.
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How did they keep the mice out of the corn?
Actually it was quite common to let some non venomous snakes move in under the cribs, which handled that issue very well
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How did they keep the mice out of the corn?
Around here(Wisconsin)lots of old style corn cribs still exist. They used a bunch of ways to keep rodents out. Usually they floor was 3 or 4 feet up in the air. Sometimes they were set on cement posts that were quite well polished so mice/rats couldn't climb it.

Sometimes on top of the post they would put a large rock then set the crib on top, the mice couldn't get around the rock.

Sometimes the cement posts were narrower on the bottom and wider at the top making them harder to climb.

On wooden posts they could wrap the top of the post with sheet metal to make it hard to climb.

They could put a cone,kind of like a dogs cone, on the top of the post, the mice couldn't get around it.

The grass was kept very short around the crib. No building, trees, fences, machinery was allowed close to the crib so animals couldn't climb them and jump to the crib.

I wouldn't be surprised if they used poison of some type.

They were built with slats on the inside, then 4x4 framing ouside and sometimes they wrapped the entire crib with small mesh wire so nothing could reach the corn inside.
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Around her corn cribs rarely have straight sides. They usually slope so the base is less than half the width of the top and have large eaves. That way water and driving rain is less likely to get the corn wet.

Also often they are built 2 side by side about 12 feet apart and one roof goes over both that way they have a covered shed between them.
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How did they keep the mice out of the corn?
Line the floor and lower couple of feet with hardware cloth (wire mesh). I suspect why/how it was invented.

And why mother cats were so valuable on the frontier in the 1800s.
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Remember "the necessary cat" from little house on the prairie?
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Thanks for all the mouse prevention ideas. Don't know why I didn't think of it, because I've seen some of those ideas, like the piece of tin across the top of the mounting post.
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Actually it was quite common to let some non venomous snakes move in under the cribs, which handled that issue very well
sorta like the momma garter snake and her bo' living in my coops
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