Henry built our little goat barn during the winter of 2006/2007. He got a truckload of free lumber ripped out of a house getting remodeled, and we spent days pulling nails out of the boards. The cedar siding and metal roofing we did actually buy at a discount, but the whole barn cost less than $300. I think the barn is the perfect size for two adult goats plus a couple young kids, and for the most part, I love the design. The barn has a small hayloft that can hold a couple dozen small bales (We’ve got straw up there now.), but we have a larger barn up the hill for hay storage among other things.
The barn is split into two sections, one for humans and their stuff, and one for goats. The sliding doors are great for mucking out the soiled bedding and getting hay in and out with the tractor. I recently ran out of hay in the storage part of the barn, so I cleaned all out to make room for the new big bale of red clover hay.
This is the empty storage side of the barn. This homemade feedbunk works really well. I add hay to the hopper, and goats have access to it from the other side. Anything that doesn’t get eaten on the first go, falls out the bottom on the storage side, and then I recycle it (along with untouched hay) back into the top.
These are the two stalls in the goat section. Both sides have access to hay from the feedbunk but only the left side has a door out to the storage part and milking stanchion. There is a door between the two stalls for sorting goats from one side to the other. At night, Bella sleeps locked up in the left stall, while the other three goats share the right stall. I think Bella appreciates having a little time to herself.
There are two doors leading from the stalls to the fenced yard, allowing us to let different batches of goats out separately. Up top, you can see stored bedding straw. The grand plan includes finishing the siding on this wall, but it’s not exactly high on the priority list, and actually it is better lit and ventilated without the siding. You can see that our house is pretty close to the barn.
The goat doors are opened and closed on a pulley system accessed in the storage section of the barn. It looks a little funky, but it works quite well.
Henry brought down a new big bale (1000+ pounds) with our ASV skid steer.
After doing this for a couple years, he’s gotten really good at finessing the bale neatly into the snug space in the barn.
That’s the bedroom window on the right, where kids were excitedly watching the action. Having the barn so close to the house makes it a quick and easy trip for me to stumble out half-asleep at milking time.
The big bale fits in the storage space pretty perfectly. Henry hauled and stored four big bales last fall and has loaded individual bales into the barn every couple months. Buying hay in such large quantities keeps feeding costs to a minimum.
The tubs and buckets are full of grain, soybean meal, minerals, and cat food. I love it when the barn is so clean and organized!