Goat housing can be a very simple goat house design or a more elaborate goat shed or barn. And goat fencing will play an essential part in keeping your goats on your property as well as keeping predatory animals away from your goats.
You can put together a very basic goat housing from materials that you may already have on your property right now.
Although, some people will prefer to house their goats in a more enclosed building such as a goat shed. Basically, goats need a house for shade in the summer and protection from rain as well as the cold in the winter time.
Low Cost Goat Housing
A 3 sided goat house can give your goats plenty of air movement and it's relatively inexpensive to make if you have the necessary tools and skills.
Housing for goats does not have to be elaborate, but is must satisfy the basic needs of your goats. And a small house is economical when you are first starting out.
However, a more sturdy goat shed will provide more protection and make a great house for your dairy goats.
The comfort zone for dairy goats is between 55 and 70 degrees F, so make
sure to keep your goat's house at a nice comfy temperature. Milk production, feed consumption, and the comfort of dairy goats will not be affected by temperatures between 0 and 55 degrees F.
However, the milk production of your goats as well as the comfort level of your
goats is really affected by temperatures that exceed 80 degrees F. Too much heat may reduce how much food your goats consume and how much milk you will receive.
And make sure you have a milking platform for your dairy goats
that should be around 15 to 18 inches off the floor. This makes it much
easier for you to milk your goats.
More Goat Housing Tips
Again, the movement of air should be a necessary part of housing for your goats. This helps to remove moisture, odors, and heat.
However, the worst enemy for a goat is a cold drafty floor and your goat house should be adequately ventilated, but not drafty.
Windows will be an essential component of a closed goat shed or barn.
Many people prefer to have a goat shed that has an opening on the south side which seems to create a nice airflow.
Some people like to have separate stalls in their goat house while
others prefer loose housing which is a more communal type of housing for
Be sure to have a specific place for feed and water in your goat's house. And straw for floor or bedding.
Also, keep a separate milking
area for your dairy goats.
Be sure there is enough room for your goats and that their environment stays safe.
Goat Fencing Tips
Important: Fencing Must be goat proof!
Goats are known for their ability to find holes in fences, so goat fencing that's designed for goats is a must.
Goats are great escape artists and are very curious creatures. Goat fencing can serve a couple of purposes - to keep your goats in and to keep predators out.
Goats can become prey to dogs and coyotes, so it's a good idea to provide goat fencing so that your goats can roam safely.
Goat fencing can also keep your foraging goats away from your garden and trees as well as your neighbor's plants.
Barbed wire is generally not recommended for goat fencing.
Usually, an electric or woven wire fence is needed to keep goats from escaping.
Also, high and well constructed goat fencing that is at least 4
to 5 feet high (depending on the goat breed) will be needed as goats are