How to Build Animal Housing: 60 Plans for Coops, Hutches, Barns, Sheds, Pens, Nestboxes, Feeders, Stanchions, and Much More Paperback – May 1 2004
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“Whether you are building a movable horse shelter on skids or a chicken coop or a traditional gambrel barn, the multitude of plans in this book can give you information to work with.” – American Quarter Horse Journal
“A well illustrated guide to building portable shelters, stables large and small, barns of all sizes and types, shade structures, backyard pens… [A] great buy.” – American Small Farm (2004)
“Carol Ekarius, a farmer herself, has compiled some excellent plans for coops, hutches, barns, sheds, pens, nest boxes, feeders, stanchions, and much more. This book is extremely well illustrated with line drawings and construction call outs for all projects.” – American Small Farm (2007)
“A broad and well-rounded overview of what’s needed in the way of animal shelter, with a practiced ete toward planning and budgeting.” – Back Home
“Containing 60 plans for coops, hutches, barns, sheds, pens, nest boxes, stanchions and much more, this is a great book for building projects. …This is the place to start if you need some buildings, sheds, or barns.” – Small Farm Today
About the Author
Carol Ekarius is the co-author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook and the author of several books, including Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep (with Paula Simmons), Small-Scale Livestock Farming, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, and Storey’s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs. She lives in the mountains of Colorado where her four-legged and winged family keeps her busy.
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The main contents of the book are:
Part I. Prerequisites
3) Structure, Design & Function)
Part II. Plans
1) Small & Portable Housing Projects
2) Windbreaks & Shade Shelters
3) Barns & Stables
4) Odds & Ends
Part III. Construction
1) Before you begin
2) Basic Construction
3) Final Steps
I can see that this will be a good ongoing reference on my shelf, and that I will come back to it for many years to come as we establish and eventually add more animals to our small farm.
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There is helpful information in the planning section, and some basic tools and methods to get started. It would also be a helpful book for those newly transplanted city-folks to read prior to jumping into raising livestock.
If you have experience with livestock or construction, you can find all you need online. If you are planning your first projects, this will be helpful.
This book does have a lot of good information in it beyond the housing plans. It has minimal spacing for your animals, safety and health of your animals, plus it has lots of good pieces of advice throughout the book that has been picked up over 30 plus years. If your like me and are looking to build housing for a specific type of live stock then this is probably not the best book for you (for chickens I would suggest "Poultry House Construction" by Michael Roberts). However, if your looking to build housing for various breeds of live-stock then this book would be a wise purchase. However, a materials list would have been nice (not enough books give them).
This book is about building animal shelters, but none of these plans
have a listing of the parts needed. This is doubly important because
these are complicated plans. I would like to build the rabbit house,
but now I am having to approximate what I need. The author needs to
remember that someone wanting to use this book might live 20 miles away
from the hardware store.
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