Or, alternately called, The New Birthing Suites!

We had one barn, many animals, with baby goats on the way, and no stalls. We needed to go ahead and get the stalls put in so the goats will have some privacy and security in February. We talked about doing it a number of ways, but money kept getting in the way. We had quite a bit of fence leftover, so...

Jeremy cemented in five posts across one side of the barn. The stalls aren't wide, only about 5 feet, but they are half the length of the barn each. After the posts were set, Jeremy just stretched a short piece of fence in between the stalls, and then a longer piece across all the posts. It was easier to do this with one piece rather than two pieces. He just cut out the sections for the gates.

He built the gates using left wood from our diminishing pile. (We've just about used up all of our scraps from building the barn! I guess it's time for another big building project.) They are just 2x4s framed out with some t-11. (I could have done it.) (Just kidding.)

We put the gates opening in opposite directions so that neither would interfere with the other. He did buy the hinges and latches, and the total cost for this project was about $100 with posts, cement, and hardware.

He had to lock the animals out while he was working on all of this, and he had to move some of their bedding hay around. (He said rats ran out while he was working in there. So now I don't go in the barn. I need to lock the cats in there.) The goats were very curious about what was going on and had to try out the new stalls as soon as they were allowed back in. They'll like being able to see each other while they are kept isolated.

Now we're going to start building the stalls on the other side. We're thinking it will be easier to feed everyone since we have to feed them separately. And then we've also been talking about getting the chicken coop wing on the barn built so we can get a new flock of chickens started.

I'm ready to work on the house, but eggs and chickens would be nice too. I'm trying to decide what kind of chicken flock I would want this time. There are so many options!

Goatlings are due at the beginning of February! I think I want to put some kind of box in there with shavings in case it gets really cold again. We'll be ready in plenty of time.


  1. That looks great! It sure will make it nice during kidding. As far as chickens, I've had barred rocks, araucanas, buffs, and now have Rhode Island reds. These are great layers but are the most destructive birds I've had. They've pecked the trim paint from around the back door, pecked our cars, make dust baths wherever they happen to be (everywhere!). They are now confined unless I let them out for a few hours. I won't get them again.

    1. Ohh, yes, I won't do Reds either. The Red rooster we had was extremely mean. He looked for a fight, whereas some roosters will attack just when you get too close or something. I've really enjoyed my orpingtons, and we love easter eggers too.


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