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Unread 01-09-2008, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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Last issue of Uncle Henry's has one or two ads where older horses are being given away, as in "free", to good homes.
aww...I don't have a barn YET. I only have a medium size wooden shed that I'm converting for the goats.

I wonder what it would cost me to have a small barn built

That's my wish, to have a barn for my critters...a nice warm barn.
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Unread 01-09-2008, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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aww...I don't have a barn YET. I only have a medium size wooden shed that I'm converting for the goats.

I wonder what it would cost me to have a small barn built

That's my wish, to have a barn for my critters...a nice warm barn.
Hill View Mini Barns (Etna) starts at $1800 for an 8x10 run in, and goes up to $6735 for a 10x30 with two enclosed stalls and a feed room. (HillViewMiniBarns.com) (I have no affiliation with them nor have I purchased anything from them.)
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Unread 01-09-2008, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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Hill View Mini Barns (Etna) starts at $1800 for an 8x10 run in, and goes up to $6735 for a 10x30 with two enclosed stalls and a feed room. (HillViewMiniBarns.com) (I have no affiliation with them nor have I purchased anything from them.)
I'm going to check them out right now! Thank you!
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Unread 01-09-2008, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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What a great site! I've already emailed them for more info.
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Unread 01-09-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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aww...I don't have a barn YET. I only have a medium size wooden shed that I'm converting for the goats.

I wonder what it would cost me to have a small barn built

That's my wish, to have a barn for my critters...a nice warm barn.
I made sheds for our goats out of wooden pallets [free], twine, plastic sheet, and staples. They like it.



I made two different kinds of coops for our chickens.

The first is 4' X 8' base, 6' high on one side and 4' high on the opposing side, sheet metal roof, people door, little chicken door, Plywood sides, etc. It is too heavy to be easily moved. It takes two men and six boys to pick it up to move it.

I then made a series of other sheds that are 4' X 8' base, 2' high on one side, 4' high on the opposing side, with lathe on top to support sheet metal roofing which includes an opening section on top. We wrapped it in chicken wire and then plastic sheet. We made four of these, on a $100 budget per unit.

They are much lighter. We have lifted them up onto the top of our station wagon, to move wherever we need them.

I also made a big pile of rectangle fence sections. 4' X 8' PVC 1" pipe covered with chicken wire. These can be setup like a house of cards, twined together to form an outdoor pen for chickens.

Now with these lighter ones two people can move each shed, and then one person can connect them together with a large outdoor run. It can all be moved so if you wanted to have chickens knock down a section of meadow or attack a bramble they can. They will strip it right down to dirt and rock too.
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Unread 01-09-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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I built a pole barn for our goats in CO... sided with slabs. Actually the building went up first, before the house, and had three rooms.. a loafing shed for the goats on one end, the middle section was the milking parlour and feed storage (in galvanized trash cans) and on the other end, was the chicken coop. There was a people door into the milking parlor and from there into the chicken coop and goat size doors to the loafing shed and out to the goat yard. the chickens had a chicken size door out to their run as well.

When we got to building the house, it only had one room and a bath. LOL

I made another pole construction under a shade tree for the rabbits. They were in metal cages, suspended from or attached to the poles and lashed cross-members and the "siding" was recycled cardboard wrapped with plastic, in the winter. It was easy to replace the cardboard when it got soiled by the urine and to allow more cooling in the summer, while keeping them out of the rain. Roof was slabs covered by cardboard -- to make it smoother -- and then the plastic. Work great but I was glad it was down in the gully and out of site 'cause it would have made Ma and Pa Kettle's place look up town!


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I made sheds for our goats out of wooden pallets [free], twine, plastic sheet, and staples. They like it.

Last edited by starwalker; 01-09-2008 at 12:57 PM.. Reason: add about the house
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Unread 01-09-2008, 01:14 PM
 
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Thanks for the congrats all... they really are cute little guys. One is now blind in one eye, he got a piece of sawdust in it, and ended up w/pinkeye. It's not slowing him down at all though, and in a week or so he'll be back to normal and the sight will return. Pinkeye is such a pain!!!

Housing for goats is simple, it can be just about anything actually. Our first goat "shed" was a single-wide trailer that my husband stripped and redid with roughcut lumber. Cost alltogether about $400, and lasted for 2 years... then we would have had to redo the roof before this winter hit us, but we moved here before that became necessary.
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Unread 01-09-2008, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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The goats will stay in the shed I have, shouldn't cost much to remodel it a bit...but I would need a bigger barn for a horse or possibly more critters.

I'm not nearly as handy as you all.

I'll let you know how my remodel on the shed goes though. I have it all thought out in my head. My dad built his own house (it's amazing) and he's not an architect...maybe I inherited that gene?! We'll see...I've never attempted anything before.
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Unread 01-10-2008, 12:54 PM
 
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There are many sanctuaries/shelters that will adopt out goats, in case you weren't aware of it.
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Unread 01-10-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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There are many sanctuaries/shelters that will adopt out goats, in case you weren't aware of it.
When I get the shed up and ready I'll be looking into where to get the goats from.

Thank you

(just got my estimate for the barn!)
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