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August 22, 2017

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Housing
The completed barn

The completed barn in the midst of winter

A view from the west end
 
We began building a new livestock shelter in the fall of 2007 with the intent of housing the goats in during the winter, after we bring them home from pasture at freeze up.  We purchased a kit from Multi Shelter Solutions out of Palmerston, Ontario, and began construction of it ourselves in the fall.  The barn is 30x96 and has a sliding door on each end, and a man door in the west end.  It has four foot walls, and also the bottom 4 feet of the plastic cover will roll up, which will be great in the spring and summer.  We put an exhaust fan in the east end wall, and the 2 layers of plastic has an inflator fan blowing air between them, which reduces condensation and acts as an insulation factor.  The following pictures follow the construction process.  The goats were moved in at the beginning of December 2007, just in time for a small kidding session! 
 
The barn construction site. Gravel laid and posts dug.
A close up of the first 4 arches. Held steady with ropes temporarily.
Setting arches on the walls
 

Ryan and Garrett putting up arches

All 24 arches is place
Ryan with completed arch assembly
Ryan building the end wall

Hard at work.
Looking good Ryan!
End wall up

Trench dug for water line
 

The snow came before we got the water line completed!  Here you see the trench dug as we lay a waterline and connect it to our main line going to the house.

Working on waterline in barn
 

Finally, pulling plastic over arches!

Finally, we succeeded in pulling the two layers of plastic over the arches on a windless day.  Notice Jeremy's celebration at the far rooftop tip of the barn!

A well deserved lunch break
Taking a well deserved lunch break after pulling the plastic covers on.
The inside of the new goat barn
The goats in their new home!  Of course, a young kid is exactly where its NOT supposed to be---in the feed alley!  The blue tarp at the east end was replaced with white steel when the weather was more cooperative!  You can see that in pictures further below.
The interior, looking west

Penning with dividers that can be opened or closed on the south side of barn
Gates made with our own cut and sawn lumber
Insulated waterbowls that also have a plug in heater underneath

End gate in front of East end sliding door Big pen divider gate that can be swung open East end wall and sliding door

Mature doe pen, looking west Adjustable penning. Can make up to 16 individual pens goats eating hay in new barn

Goats eating in new barn, looking eastward

One thing we haven't found a solution for is kids in the feed alley!  We do keep them confined to just in front of their nursing moms' pen though.

kids in the feed alley