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Size of a pasure shelter?

 
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Hello all!
I am looking at getting a few goats to help clear, restore the land. Somewhere between 3-9, but 3 initially.
They will be kept in the pasture probably the entire time (confined with Premier 1 electro-fence).
Obviously they will need some kind of shelter from the rain, shade etc.
How big does this structure need to be?
Which would be better: 2-side or 3-side?
Likely this will be their bed down area as well.

Thank you in advance!

 
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Way less than you think. an 8x10 space is plenty. three sided is best.

Are you thinking permanent or moveable?
 
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R Scott wrote:Way less than you think. an 8x10 space is plenty. three sided is best.

Are you thinking permanent or moveable?



hi R Scott,
Thank you for your response.
I was thinking of moveable, likely a ATV to pull it if it is large.
I was thinking of a 8x8 three side.
 
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Should work splendidly. They only go in the shelter when cold or raining, so it needs to be smallish to conserve heat anyway.
 
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Brian,

My two cents are....definitely go with a three sided structure. They will appreciate that extra protection in bad and cold windy weather.

As far as size, I have a 9' by 9' shed in my buck pen/pasture. It has accommodated as many as 8 goats with no problem. Some people think you need as little as 5 or 6 square feet per goat, I think that is a little tight myself, but we raise larger breeds of goats.

One other potential consideration or concern with goats. In my doe pastures and sheds, one alpha doe may demand the entire shed to herself, or her family, making the lower herd members stay out....at least until she lays down and they can sneak back in. We partially solve that problem by dividing sheds into stalls and having several smaller sheds rather than one large one.
 
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anyone have any experience with light weight movable shelters? i want to move them monthly and all i have is a riding mower and my own muscles. i was thinking of taking some field fence and bending it over to make a hoop house. then cover it with a tarp. im a little worried about the wind picking it up, but i can anchor it down. any other ideas? also has to be cheap
 
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i was thinking of taking some field fence and bending it over to make a hoop house.

Are you thinking something like a cattle panel, or just woven wire fencing? Because goats would smash wire fencing flat in no time, but panels could be sturdy enough.
 
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Yeah good point. Probably panels. Or I was thinking of just bending some metal conduit.
 
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Cattle panels and tarp work well with a bent/welded conduit rectangle as a base. But conduit hoops are cheaper if you can bend them. They will blow away really easily. I have used dog tie downs (the giant corkscrews) and have bent/broke the swivel or the strap (after a little help from a nibbling goat) but never had the screw pull out. Just make sure the opening is facing away from the wind.

 
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