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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580175279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175272
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. 


More About the Author

Carol Ekarius is the author of Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, Pocketful of Poultry, and several books on small-scale farming. Carol and her husband live with their many critters in Hartsel, Colorado.

Customer Reviews

This book is absolutely fantastic for those who are just starting out.
L. Collins
Lots of good ideas....we are building a goat pen/chicken house...maybe add a pig pen.
J. Ayres
This book does have a lot of good information in it beyond the housing plans.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

171 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Keeperofthehorses on December 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book and quickly found that it is basically a catalog of plans that are available free online from USDA and others. The web links for the plans are printed right in the back. If you spend some time surfing, you'll find much of the useful information (and more) without purchasing the book.

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.
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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful By L. Williams on October 10, 2005
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I was hoping for a book of plans that included small, simple to build shelters for just a few goats and chickens. The plans included were large and the building instructions were not detailed enough for beginners to do themselves (without a seperate how-to-book). If I could have looked through it first, I would not have bought it.
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I was looking for a book on how to build satisfactory chicken and duck housing. This book has a couple of plans for chicken coops, but not enough to buy the book. Why did I give it four stars then? Because the book is designed to give you building plans for various types of live-stock (pigs, hourses, cows, chickens, goats, rabbits, and others). The book does give you 60 plans like it says it does, but there is never more than 2 and at the most three on any specific animal.

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).
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on July 16, 2007
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I was a bit disappointed to find the plans in this book are USDA plans from the 1970s and were not in my view very creative or innovating or interesting. The rabbit house was just a shed of small cages, aimed at someone raising rabbits for food, I suppose, and not in any way pleasant for the rabbits.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Charles on August 7, 2007
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This is a great book for ideas. It falls very short on important details.

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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you're a small-scale farmer interested in building the best pen, coop, hatch, or shelter for your animal, whether it be a pig, chicken or horse, then How to Build Animal Housing is for you: it offers tips on how to evaluate the housing needs of numerous animals and shows how to adapt existing barns and structures as well as how to build from scratch. Chapters blend discussions of animal behavior with surveys of safety issues and needs to provide a practical manual backed by the author's 20+ years of farming experience. A 'must' for any who want an all-in-one volume centered on animal housing needs.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Missouri Anna on January 15, 2005
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I really liked this book. It has a lot of good plans, from simple chicken coops to full-blown small barns. It has super references, is well-laid out, and especially for the small homesteader it also has good general information. I belong to several homesteading sites and have highly recommended it to that group.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2011
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This book flips back and forth from beginner to the expert. A book of black and white drawing without list of materials to order. Many of the pictures are precise while other are left to your imagination of what the author intends. The best picture is the cover. Whole chapters are spent on the very basics of carpentry best left for a basic carpentry book. An example is the pages that are devoted to "drying native wood" and where in the tree your board plank came from. This may be useful for those without any carpentry abilites or knowledge. Meanwhile many of the "plans" for many of the pictures are left unexplained. I feel there are much better books for you to spend on trying to build Animal Housing. One would best look to animal specfic books, i.e chicken books, horse book etc.
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