Swett Ranch Homestead: Chicken Coop and Pig Pen

This structure was used to keep hogs and chickens, which were used as food. The Swetts kept a large flock of Rhode Island Reds on the ranch. The eggs were an important source of protein in the Swetts’ diet and also provided extra income. A chicken run used to be between the two, but when caretakers modified the chicken coop in 1978, they also removed a chicken wire fence that hung from the posts in front of this structure, and began to use the space as an equipment shed.

 Photo of the Swett chicken coop and pig pen.  Photo courtesy of Nolan Toone.

Chicken coop and pig pen.
Photo Courtesy of Nolan Toone.