We thought the goats would stay with the chickens but it will be too crowed in the winter we think so.. the goats needed their own place. They moved themselves under the coop at first and we close that in.. but decided it would be too cold in winter. Canadian winters - brrrr.
Norm decided to make a barn, he had the plans from our shed he built 15 years ago. It's so sweet - smaller than the coop but it doesnt feel like it & it is a replica of the coop & our house. It has us planning our guest BUNK bed bunkie (to be continued at a later date).
The goat barn is raised of the ground and fully insulated with a vent. It has room for storage like their big metal can with locking lid (will be dented shortly after you put it in) for goat food. It's lined with straw for the floor and winter warmpth. Apparently you just keep adding straw (we do take out the poop tho) and this too will help insulate the barn - keeping the goats warm all winter. Im not worried at all.. Oh, theres also light and an outlet where we might put a heated bucket - for water in the winter. We'll see. NO HEAT LAMPS!! I can not tell you how many times I read over & over about the dangers of heat lamps, glass, fire etc. enough to convince me NEVER to put in a heat lamp. Why our coop & barn and fully insulated... Baby - you know it's gonna get cold out.
Raised feeders on the wall with a cinder block to step on, mineral block beside feeder on wall out of way & keeping dry & a hay feeder Norm made in about 10 minutes, they love it! With lots of storage - a shelf up top for extra food (the goats can't reach) a raised 'bed shelf" & smaller loft as Goats don't like sleeping not the ground. What turned out cool is they like to sleep in the tiny loft together and they keep warm - but they are high up enough to see out the windows. The windows are screened in & will have plexiglass windows placed on them soon. Norm still needs to put on a strong tiny barn door' but the goats are good to go - int winter! I read we won't hardly see them & if it's anything like rain - they never came out of their barn other than to stretch or if I called them out but only then to run under the coop- they really did not like the rain. It's been a fun learning adventure to sate & thanks to Norm - a first rate adventure! The goats don't try to escape- they know how good they have it. lol I'm painting a sign for the Barn:
No Grumpy Goats
We have happy goats & chickens. Poppy is the goat police! If she see's them doing something they should not- she is on it! & shes been BUTT a couple of times. I teach her to stay by me. Sativa has a thing for the little dogs. I think she thinks she is playing. Shemight be wearing pool noodles on her horns soon.
What an awesome adventure. So happy to be here. Thanks Norm!
Thank you Jesus! Baaaaaaaaaaaaaa!