Chicken Houses

View of the chicken houses from the southeast corner.

View of the chicken houses from the southeast corner.


The Large chicken house…

at one time sat west of the main stucco farmhouse, probably near the first house that existed on the property. It was moved to he location shown in this picture between the late 1920s and 1930s.

In 2012, a micro-burst came over the farm and destroyed the large chicken house; picking it up and throwing it against the pole machine shed.

The small chicken house (brooder house) was originally located on Ruth Firestien’s parents’ property in Windsor. It was moved to its present location in the mid 1950s.

The Firestiens raised chickens for eggs and for butchering; at one time they butchered 75-100 per year for fryers or roasters. Mabel Firestien took the extra eggs and cream from the dairy cow milk to Greeley’s local creamery. Here she sold the eggs and cream and then purchased groceries with the funds received.

Question: What is a microburst?

A microburst is a very localized column of sinking air caused by a small and intense downdraft (the air does not spin like it does in the case of a cyclone or tornado) within a thunderstorm. A microburst often has high winds that can knock over fully grown trees. They usually last for a duration of a couple of seconds to several minutes.