A Look Into The Countryside

Living in Kansas, we get to see much of the countryside of the USA. We can often see cattle, barns, windmills, grain bins, and grain silos while we are driving! Let’s explore some more!


Gable barn

They keep horses safe and comfortable in both warm and cold weather climates.

Gambrel barn

A gambrel roof is a usually symmetrical two-sided roof with two slopes on each side.

traditionally used for storage on farms and ranches.

Monitor barn

Is a traditional barn design that features a raised center section in the middle.

Why were most barns painted red?

Rust was very common on farms and it was also quite helpful for farmers: the rust killed fungi and mosses that grow on barns, and it was very effective as a sealant. When paint became more available, many people chose red paint for their barns in honor of tradition.


Barn swallow

This type of bird likes to live in the rafters of barns. They make nests in the shape of cup, and use mud and grass for their nests. Swallows are flying insects.

Barn owls

They like to live in barns and feed on rodents such as mice. You can attract barn owls by hanging a nest box in your yard about 15 to 25 feet up.


There are various types of fences that farmers can choose. Here are some examples:

Barbed wire fence

Barbed wire is often inexpensive and is a great way to keep cattle fenced into a specific area. Plus, the life of a barbed-wire fence often exceeds 20 years.

Corral fence

Wood corral fences can be used for animal containment (usually large farm animals such as horses, ostriches, and emus), marking property borders, or for decorative purposes such as a vineyard, orchard, or rustic garden area.

The most durable words for fencing are juniper, pine, locust, Osage orange, and Gamble oak.

Electric fence

An electric fence is a barrier that uses electric shocks to deter animals and people from crossing a boundary.


You probably have seen cows and horses while you are in the car.

Next time you go for a ride in the car, or for a walk, take a look and see if you can spot some the fences! What kind of fence did you see?

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