FoxDog Farm: New Goat Barn, 2005

Mack IconA New Barn for the Goats

As most people with goats will ruefully acknowledge, they soon outgrow anything you planned for them when you got them. We started with wethers and does, but knew we wanted milk. To have milk, we had to have bucks and babies. To have bucks and have good decent milk we needed a place where the bucks would be separate from the milking does, so their scent wouldn't taint the milk.

We started with the bucks in a small pen right by our driveway, and just across from the house. We built them a nice little shed, and everything was great... yea, until they grew up. This summer has been amazing, the amount of stink coming from just two full-grown Nigerian Dwarf bucks. So, we decided to move them FAR away from the house, down to the other side of the does' pasture.

The spot we picked is accessible down a long path, one side of which is lined by willows, alders and berry vines. The spot is dry, has nice pasture, and will enable us to extend the bucks' area if we decide. We designed a small barn. The barn is meant to hold hay, a stanchion for doing hooves, straw, grain, etc. Part of it will have inside stalls for the does and for any sick goats. The bucks area is in a lean-to off this main barn, and accessible from the inside of the barn (very handy, you can feed out a dutch door without ever entering the bucks' pen). The bucks have a 3 and 1/2 sided lean-to of 8x8 ft and a covered area that runs the length of the barn. They also have a sizeable pasture. It's 4 times the size of what they were in!

The basic barn plan was obtained from a fast framer kit. The kid provides metal fittings, a parts list, and plan for several sizes of outbuildings. We poured a concrete pad because it was easier than leveling the ground, and because it's a good base for hay storage and goatie feet.