Hen House

 

 

 

The building is a reproduction of a common design, and located near the site of the one present in 1900. Note that the location allowed the family to keep a protective eye on it from the back door of the farmhouse. Chickens ran (and run today) in the orchard during the day. They roost inside the building at night, safe from varmints. Farmers had known for centuries that fresh air improved animal health, ventilation is critical. Chicken houses, as we knew them, were among the first buildings to be razed during the transition in agriculture. The interior provides space for food, water, nesting boxes, and roosting rails. 

 

 

 
 
Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. The farm is an educational facility open to the public that preserves and interprets farming life and processes from the era of 1890-1910. Howell Farm is a proud member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).

This website is a project of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm and the text and graphic contents of this website are © 2017  by The Friends of Howell Living History Farm.

Howell Farm is located at - 70 Woodens Ln.   Lambertville, NJ 08530

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