Silos, farm sheds, chicken coops and more!
Your farm buildings can be the heart of your agricultural operation, storing livestock, crops and all your farm machinery. There are tons of options when you're deciding how to build, but most farmers prefer steel farm buildings simply because they're durable and low-maintenance. When choosing materials and designs for your agricultural buildings, you will want to keep durability and versatility in mind.
There are typically two categories of structures to choose from when you're constructing farm buildings. Some buildings, such as a chicken coop, are for livestock and are constructed primarily for the safety and comfort of the animals. Other buildings, such as a farm shed, are designed to maximize the efficient use of space so that you can securely store crops or farm machinery. But for both livestock housing and farm storage buildings, you need the structure to be sturdy and weatherproof, in order to protect your most important farm assets.
A chicken coop is easily built by hand and, depending on the size of the coop, can often be completed by one person.
When designing and building a chicken coop, you want to keep in mind that, ideally, this small farm building will provide a warm and comfortable place where your chickens can roost and have enough room to move around. You will also want to make sure that the chickens are able to get outside, preferably into a fenced-in area.
To construct a chicken coop that is easy to clean and maintain, choose materials that can quickly be hosed down. However, sturdiness is important too, since it's essential that the coop is able to protect your chickens from the elements and from predators. Finally, remember to consider things such as ventilation and light.
Used for crop and grain storage, a silo is one of the most common farm buildings. Many silos are stone or concrete, but the inside must be lined to prevent spoiling of the crops. Depending on the size of your silo, you may have thousands of pounds of product stored, and it may be stored for extended periods of time; to avoid the substantial waste and financial loss that comes with crops gone bad, it's crucial that the silo's lining and ventilation are properly installed to prevent mould.