Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.
“A place for everything, and everything in its place” was an old adage that many of us grew up with. It was one of those aphorisms so often quoted by earlier generations. But it is a fact that having the right storage facilities can improve the efficiency of our lives.
The same can be said for homestead animals — having a dedicated “house” for your chickens, goats or pigs will make their lives and yours easier to manage. One of my favorite small barn plans is the “Little Red Barn.” The main structure is 8 feet by 12 feet with a practical double door and gambrel roof. There is also the option of adding on an 8-foot by 12-foot shed to either side of the barn, making a total of 12 feet by 24 feet. This little barn is large enough to house a few hens and a couple of goats, with storage space for a small tractor, animal feed and a lot of hay bales.
A small barn or shed will provide cozy comfort for your critters, and the process of building the structure can be a great family project.