On the Hanka farm, even the chickens had a log home! The chicken coop was fairly well built to protect them from predators, such as fox, weasels, owls and hawks. Chickens were very important to a family’s survival and they needed a coop where they could survive the cold of winter. They provided eggs and meat for the family as well as some cash income. The Hanka family would have had a flock of twenty or thirty chickens at any given time, along with a rooster or two. Eggs were gathered daily and the chickens required watering and feeding, especially in the winter when they couldn't roam the yard.
The log chicken coop, ten feet by thirteen feet, contains two rooms. One room has roosts and laying boxes, and a second room is used for feed storage and for chicks. The log walls have full dove tailed corner notches and gable ends are of tightly fitted logs. A ridge pole connects the two gable ends. Five sets of rafters carry the weight of pine boards and hand shaved shingles. Two stationary four light windows face south into the chicken yard. A board ceiling is covered by two inches of soil for insulation. Acess to the chicken coop is from the east end door, which has a window in it. ('Askel' Means Step by Gene Meier)