Building a Small Farm Barn

Barn raising is rewarding both emotionally and financially. Learn a few tips with this guide.



Small Barn
Get in the homesteading spirit by building your own small, efficient barn.
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The Robinson's small barn housed goats, chickens, rabbits and more.
CAROLYN ROBINSON
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This "breakaway" drawing shows the interior of the Robinson's small barn. We found that this 16-by-30 foot barn efficiently houses 30 hens, 60 broilers, 20 or more rabbits, four goats or a cow and calf, three or four sheep and a dozen squab. Barn cost $200 to $400 (1970 prices).
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
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How to make a building square: Measure six feet on the end sill and eight feet on the side. If a cross piece, then measures 10 feet (from outer edges) the building is square. This is often called "the rule of six, eight and 10."
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