I have tried a couple of shelters but they generally try to stand on it and eat it within 5 minutes. Any ideas for a light, portable shelter that they wont destroy??
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I have used old plastic water tanks (found a few free ones because they leaked) and cut a door in the side and a couple drain holes in the floor. The 400-500 gallon ones are perfect for a couple goats and easy enough to move alone. They need to be tethered in bad winds, though. Even if you buy them new, they are cheaper than the "calf huts" that are the same size.
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Katya Barnheart wrote:Thanks Matthew. I still haven't really found a solution. Right now I'm just putting them in the shade anyway, because it's so darn hot. I had an idea about a little dome made out of barn siding, but they might try to crush that too. They like to crush stuff
Something like this might work since they can be built small enough to be movable yet big enough for goats to find shade and shelter. I have not tried them yet but have built a version using 8ft. long 2x4 lumber to use as a storage building. They are definitely very sturdy structures and may be adaptable to use as an easily movable shelter.
Perhaps using 3ft. or 4ft. 2x4's would be light enough to move a structure such as this and you could use recycled lumber. I might suggest that because the frame struts are so short that recycling slats from pallets even 1/4in. plywood as sheathing could easily support the weight of even really rambunctious goats well over 100lbs each. These are very easy to build using the steel plates that come in a kit form for around $90.00. I bought a five of these kits a few years ago but have only actually put one together so far. Later this year I will be moving to some property where structures like these will become my goat and chicken shelters. The cool part is that if it becomes necessary to take them down entirely disassembly is the removal of screws for the sheathing and bolts for the framework. I intend to build small movable versions and a couple full size versions on permanent foundations.
Calf hutches are what your looking for, portable domes for shade and rain shelter, there thin walled and you can hop inside and lift it over your head if needs be.
I use them for the ducks, but they have multiple design's and can even come with a small fence so you can feed in if you have a fleet of calves or just one goat you want to keep in today.
In a fenced off situation I would just leave them open and hay it down with bedding, your manured and mulched garden or tree planting is ready to go when you move them to new pasture.
Depending on the size of your goats however, and how many you have, the largest size Dogloo might work. Mine adore them and pile in together even when there are more choices available. Cleaning is easy, just tip them up on the door side, whack the bottom a few times.
I like the idea of a moveable shelter. I think that if you designed one to work like one of those garbage bins, with the wheels on the same side of the handles that you pull towards you, but with long handles, the weight of the structure would be limited only by the length and material structure of your handles, and of course the wheels and axle. Also, if the floor were open, there will be no cleanup, unlike the cinder block or cement or any other bloody immobile thing.
I've also heard of people with goats having success with the invisible fencing product, the radio-transmitter-linked shock collars. Apparently, the shock required to deter them is much less with the collar from the fence, and the deterrent effect is greater.
I am new to goats, so if this is a stupid idea, let me know (: )
I am considering getting goats to clear about 14 acres, hillside, pasture and woods. Is this a good idea, and how many goats do I need to clear thick brush like this?
Take 2 x 4s and build 3 walls, about 30" high, matching the size of the truck cap, leaving the flap part of the cap with no wall. Screw the walls together, and top with the truck cap, screwing that to the top of the walls.
We sided ours with unused galvanized siding leftover from the chicken coop.
If you want to move it often, put it on skids and it can be pulled with a tractor easily. Less often, or with no tractor, it can be disassembled and moved that way.
We have also used them as kidding jugs, attaching a cattle panel to the open side with eye hooks and carabiner clips, or as a creep feeder for kids, with a small entry cut into a cattle panel or plywood, attached the same way.
Ours have been in service over 5 years, with does, bucks and kids, and no damage.
If I can figure out how to add pictures, I will.
Bamboo is fantastic for building, it is incredibly strong. However, so is "river cane", which is a bamboo like plant growing in the southeast. Cherokee used river cane to make frames for their houses, and it grew everywhere back then. It is trying to grow back along the banks of the Kentucky River, but people often get rid of it.
I love it. I use it to stake plants, build trellises etc.
They grow the real bamboo up at Pine Mountain Settlement School, and it is 3-4 inches in diameter!!! It is considered "invasive" in Kentucky, however, so I will stick with river cane for now. The river cane will also get big, I think, but most of it I see is small. It likes light shade, but it's always winding along the banks of the river in full sun now..
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