we started going to the red barn last year when we got our first chicks – they are one of the larger feed supply stores in the san fernando valley. we met the owner on one visit – a great guy and WWII vet who has a great collection of historical newspaper clippings plastered all over the high walls of the store over the cash register area. he also has sons serving in the war in afghanistan and other military services. when I first went there – they had a sweet yellow hen that would walk around the cash registers and act very much like a dog or cat – it was bizarre and somehow normal. the vibe of the place is an LA gem and the owner is a caring individual who has been running the place for over 50 years. definitely worth a visit if you need any pet food near LA…
Red Barn Feed and Saddlery
18601 Oxnard Street
We ended up finally getting chickens last year from my son’s kindergarten class. each spring the students in our local school hatch eggs the chicks are available for ready and willing parents and neighbors. we got 2 chickens to start and once they got larger than the original wooden wine box they were living in as chicks – it was time to build a more substantial home. the majority of the project was repurposed content from my wood shop, fallen fence elements and a lot of borrowed aged wood timbers from my neighbor’s yard. the approximate size is base on a 24×48 standard size. there are 4 beds and a sort of side sun room on the side.
After months of use and a rainy LA winter – the house has performed extremely well – it has stayed dry inside and cozy and the chickens use the side room to stretch in the morning and let us know when they would like to be let out. We have recently added some new birds and I foresee the main coop getting an addition this summer.
Update: after a year of having the chickens roam totally free on our property – I decided to add a chicken run to keep them a bit more contained. Chickens like to eat all plants and everything green – and the love to dig in dirt. The new chicken run is mostly 2×2 redwood studs with 3 shades of green paint and an accent orange. We reused our former kitchen screen door as the entry – and they seem very happy and content with their new property
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