Planning the small barn.Small barns can be just as functional as their larger cousins (if not more so)
Here's one way to arrange a small building to house four or five milking does.
There's 100 square feet of space in the loafing pen. The does have a door to their outside exercise yard. The feeding manger manger
cattle trough which served as crib for Christ. [N.T.: Luke 2:7]
See : Nativity has five head stanchions spaced about 21 inches apart, and you can feed and water the does from the aisle without walking into their pen.
Grain is stored in metal drums. There's a wall cabinet in the corner to store supplies.
The does are milked on the bench. The milking equipment can sit on the lid of the grain drums or on a shelf you build above them.
Doorways are three feet wide so you can bring in hay or a wheel-barrow without banging your knuckles.
The kid pen is temporary. When the kids are gone you take down the partition and have extra storage room. You can adjust the size of this pen for the number and size of animals in it. A narrow eight-inch gate in the partition between kids and does would let the kids frolic Frolic - A Prolog system in Common Lisp.
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Kid pens and hay storage are the hardest part of a barn to plan. This design would be just fine for some folks, but inadequate for others. It depends on how many kids you raise and how you buy your hay.
Five does might produce 10 or more kids each year. If you keep the kids for several months you would need two or three times more pen space for kids than we have shown here.
The hay storage corner holds 16 or 20 midwestern-size bales stacked high. This would keep five does in hay and bedding for a month. It works fine if you can buy a few bales of hay and straw at a time and have a vehicle to haul them in.
But if you want hay delivered you may have to buy more than this at a time. Some goat raisers find it necessary to buy enough hay for the whole season at harvest time Noun 1. harvest time - the season for gathering crops
farming, husbandry, agriculture - the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock . In either case, this barn doesn't have enough room.
You could build a haymow for that extra hay storage. But remember that getting the hay up there can be a headache. Little farms don't have elevators to lift hay. It is certainly convenient to open the trap door See trapdoor.
trap door - Or "trapdoor" 1. back door.
2. trap-door function and kick a bale bale
1. a package of wool in a wool pack weighing 150-250 lb depending largely on whether it is greasy or scoured.
2. a compressed bundle of hay, either about 100 lb tied with wire or twine, or large, round, untied bales, as big as a small hay stack and referred to as 'big bales'. down, however.
Ground level storage is easier to fill. You could make this barn larger or store hay in another building. Hay can be stacked quite high and 16 feet is a "reasonable" ceiling height for a hay barn.
Flooring? Cement is nice for aisles and hay storage areas. Many people don't like cement for the floors of pens -- the bedding seems to stay drier if the floor consists of a foot or so of fine gravel or sand.
There's no such thing as a "perfect" small goat barn. The best barn varies with your climate, needs, etc. Visit other goat raisers in your area to see what they're using and find out how they like their barns before you start building.
Housing your goat
Goats are extremely adaptable animals and don't require a fancy place to stay. They do, however, need protection from rain, wind and cold.
The least expensive and easiest to build housing features three sides with the open side facing away from prevailing winds The prevailing winds are the trends in speed and direction of wind over a particular point on the earth's surface. A region's prevailing winds often show global patterns of movement in the earth's atmosphere. Prevailing winds are the causes of waves as they push the ocean. . The roof of the housing should be sloped to repel re·pel
v. re·pelled, re·pel·ling, re·pels
1. To ward off or keep away; drive back: repel insects.
2. the rain. Thus, the front should be about five to six feet tall, and the back about three to four feet tall. The low height of this roof will help hold the heat down to the goat's level. The open side may be closed down to just a door opening if less than three goats will be housed. Mature goats in open housing require 10 - 15 square feet of bedding space per goat. There should be adequate drainage around the housing area. Three to four inches of straw or low quality hay should be put in the house for bedding. In the winter a manure manure, term used in the United States to refer to excreta of animals, with or without added bedding; also called barnyard manure. In other countries the term often refers to any material used to fertilize the soil. pack could be allowed to build up. As the lower layers decompose de·com·pose
v. de·com·posed, de·com·pos·ing, de·com·pos·es
1. To separate into components or basic elements.
2. To cause to rot.
1. it will provide a source of heat for the goat.
If you plan to build a barn that can be completely closed as needed as needed prn. See prn order. , there are many additional considerations. Building and maintenance expenses will also increase with the complexity of the housing. Contact your local extension office for plans.
Allow one or two square feet of window space for each goat that is to be housed. Health problems may occur if there is insufficient lighting.
Fresh air is needed to keep the animal healthy, but be careful to not cause a draft. If you use a fan in a larger barn, the fan should move 15 - 20 cubic feet of air per minute in the heat of the summer and 20 cubic feet per minute Cubic feet per minute (CFM) is a non-SI unit of measurement of gasflow (most often airflow) that indicates how many cubic feet of gas (most often air) pass by a stationary point in one minute. of air in the winter. The fan should be positioned to pull air from the floor in the winter and pull air from the ceiling in the summer. A removable hood can be built around the fan to accomplish this task.
The addition of insulation will prevent warm air in the barn from condensing con·dense
v. con·densed, con·dens·ing, con·dens·es
1. To reduce the volume or compass of.
2. To make more concise; abridge or shorten.
a. on the cold walls. If humidity is high and condensation is present, health problems such as colds and respiratory problems will increase. It's important to remember to cover insulation with plywood plywood, manufactured board composed of an odd number of thin sheets of wood glued together under pressure with grains of the successive layers at right angles. Laminated wood differs from plywood in that the grains of its sheets are parallel. so the goats can't nibble Half a byte (four bits).
(data) nibble - /nib'l/ (US "nybble", by analogy with "bite" -> "byte") Half a byte. Since a byte is nearly always eight bits, a nibble is nearly always four bits (and can therefore be represented by one hex digit). on it.
A mature goat will require 20 square feet of space inside the barn, (free from obstructions), and another 25 square feet of space per goat should be provided in an adjacent exercise yard in addition to the space that is occupied by water and feeding troughs; calculate clear space only.
Goats do not require heat if dry bedding and a draft free area are provided. Bedding should be five-to-six inches thick on concrete, and provide for good drainage of urine. A dirt floor can also be properly covered with three-to-four inches of bedding material Noun 1. bedding material - material used to provide a bed for animals
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread" .
A confinement housing system will allow you to closely control and maintain your animals, but it is less natural, and has a higher cost than loose housing. Look closely at your existing structures and resources before deciding on which housing system to use.
(Reprinted from COUNTRYSIDE, April, 1973)