Get Ready for September 2016

Get Ready for September 2016

Are you ready for fall?  Spend a little time watching the birds, caring for the animals, and stocking the pantry. Invest in a dog owner’s home veterinary handbook. Feed your backyard birds. Discover why people built round barns. Stock up for the winter. Learn about pH. Weigh the pros and cons of draft animals. Explore the K-State weather data library. Open up the breeding toolbox. … Continue reading Get Ready for September 2016

Free LSU Building Plans

Free LSU Building Plans

Louisiana State University has put together an excellent website packed with countless building plans available for free PDF download.  If you are the do-it-yourself type, this is a site that you should definitely bookmark! Just to give you a very small sampling of the plans and projects that are included: Gates. Barns. Corrals. Feeders. Dairy parlors. Rearview mirrors for tractors. Walk-in refrigerators. Roadside fruit stands. … Continue reading Free LSU Building Plans

Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens

Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens

Are you considering raising chickens for the first time?  Are you a beginner with a brand-new flock?  Have you been keeping chickens for a few years but still have some problems to solve? If you can identify with any of these questions, one book you should consider reading is Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow.  This guide can be an incredible help right … Continue reading Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens

Kansas Barns

Kansas Barns

Have you ever driven along the back roads of Kansas and wondered about the stories those old barns could tell? Whether you love barns or are just an all-around Kansas history buff, you will probably enjoy Kansas Barns and Kansas Barns II by Martha Knudsen. The two-volume set features at least one barn from every county in Kansas, each sketched in accurate and intricate detail … Continue reading Kansas Barns

Why Did People Build Round Barns?

Why Did People Build Round Barns?

If you have ventured out on some of the scenic back roads of Kansas, you have probably seen quite a few old barns—simple barns, ornate barns, wood barns, stone barns…and round barns. Round barns aren’t always round.  Many times they have eight, twelve, or sixteen sides.  One old barn in eastern Kansas had twenty-four sides!  Only a few barns are considered “true circular.” Why build … Continue reading Why Did People Build Round Barns?