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How To Build Animal Housing

How To Build Animal Housing
by Carol Ekarius

Storey Publishing: 2004
Paperback, 260 pp., $24.95
ISBN 1-58017-527-9

     This one is a little different, but very thorough for its subject matter. If you are housing animals large or small, here are adaptable plans and details for construction on portable shelters, backyard pens, coops, hutches, barns and stables, windbreaks, shade screens and feeding stations.
     Besides individual plans, the author covers frost considerations for foundations, load bearing capacities of different soils, drainage properties, concrete slabs, wood framing, and roofing options. Insulation, doors and windows, ventilation and heating are all covered. She even lists a chart on the water requirements for different animals, their minimal housing requirements, and animal symptoms from exposure to common gases such as carbon dioxide, methane or ammonia.
     A long section on electricity gives recommendations on what will be needed and the typical electrical loads of various appliances and fixtures commonly used in such outbuildings. Whether you are accomodating goats, sheep, hogs, poultry, cattle, horses, or rabbits, there are plans and construction details here for large gambrel barns, single story stables, portable shelters on skids, loafing sheds, calving sheds and nesting boxes.
     All black and white line drawings and illustrations are clear, with dimensions given and suggestions for alterations. If you own animals, this book is perfect for many of your outdoor woodworking projects.

. . . Barb Siddiqui