Building a Goat House

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So I’m sure you’ve already watched my “Guess What We’re Getting” YouTube video–if you haven’t SHAME ON YOU! Luckily I don’t hold grudges, go ahead and check it out now! But if you’ve watched it you’ve seen me attempt to build a goat house. Now not to toot my own horn *toot toot* but I build a pretty decent shell.

I was winging it. I had an idea and ample determination, to make up for lack of skill, but I was proud of this. Knowing they would need a roof and not having a lot of material I opted for a tarp roof.

I was comfortable with this idea (but this would prove to be a mistake). I shared this very picture with the person I was getting my goats from and they kindly informed me that I would need to wall it in for draft protection and suggested the tarp. I agreed and happily obliged! Putting up the tarp was easy to start until a heavy set wind came through and ripped the tarp right off of the nails–facepalm–I started bending the screws over like staples to help with that. But I was satisfied with the goat house I built all by myself! After all it was my first time. No one builds the Taj Mahal their first time, right. Right!

So we brought home our sweet does

and they seemed to really like their new digs. Trouble is it was raining cats and dogs (and probably a few farm animals too) and despite me putting the tarp on at in incline (I did TRY to make accommodations for the weather–Inhabe good ideas SOMETIMES) the rain was pooling At the bottom of the tarp. Not only did it weigh down the tarp and just about come through, but it threatened to cave in my whole structure. It was gonna bring down the whole Taj Mahal!!

So in a panic we hurried to make the shed a suitable barn for the goats to stay in because their home (that they had only know for about 2 hours) was on the brink of collapse.

What I’m the name of all things good and holy was I going to do? The goats were already here and we were falling apart at the seams–LITERALLY!

Cue my HEROES! My Knights in Shining Denim (KSD). My dad and my father-in-law Mike. They spent all of this afternoon “helping” me (and by helping I mean that they did the bulk of the work while I tended to a sick asthmatic human “kid”) finish off the goat house and add a roof. We framed the top in to support the sides and be able to hold a roof. Next we added a real asphalt roof (that has the pattern of tin roofing but much more cost effective) and then covered the roofing with tarp and stapled it all down. It’s so secure now.

Here is Mike posing in front of his hard work, he engineered the project for sure! My dad isn’t pictured but his help was greatly appreciated.

The pictures don’t do it justice! It is absolutely wonderful, better than anything I could’ve imagined. Even better than anything we could’ve bought because we put our own blood, sweat–actually it was pretty cold so maybe not sweat, snot is probably more accurate but that’s TMI, and tears into this! Look at the frame, and that roofing!! No rain or even snow is going to bring it down now. And what do the ladies think…? They approve!!!

A big shout out and thanks to my dad and Mike without whom none of this would be possible and the goats would still be in the shed. I cannot express how much I appreciate them jumping in at a moments notice to help me with one of my wacky endeavors. I’m a lucky blessed girl! ❤️

My advice to you if you’re going to build a goat house:

  1. Don’t– I’m kidding it’s definitely do able.
  2. Plan-don’t wing something as important as where your animals will LIVE. You want them to feel safe and secure in a brand new environment.
  3. Draft free- make sure you enclose the walls with wood planks or tarps to keep any drafts out. Goats can handle cold weather but they don’t like wind and rain.
  4. Weather- if you can help it don’t bring your goats home in a torrential down pour. If it’s “raining men outside” maybe it’s not the best time to bring them home! But you have to do what you have to do!
  5. Roofing- A roof is very important. It keeps them protected and dry. Be sure your roof won’t leak and can handle the weight of the weather: rain, snow, ice and wind.
  6. Frugal- a great quality goat house doesn’t have to be expensive. I built this goat house really in expensively. It was way less than $50. All of the wood was free (pallet or left over in my shed when we moved here) all I paid for was the roofing and the tarps.
  7. Pride- mostly take pride in your work. You could always go out and buy your goats a shed and there isn’t a thing wrong with that. BUT there is nothing like the feeling of building something of your own.

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