How To Build A Goat Pen
First off.. sad news…
Charlotte ( the white goat ) had a miscarriage last Friday; I think it was due to the stress of moving. It was pretty sad, but that’s life on the farm for ya! I’ll spare you the photos of the stillborn goats, but it looked like she still had about one to two more months left to go. I tried milking her just to see if anything was in there, but there wasn’t. However, she is doing well and we’ll get her re-bred again sometime this year.
On a happier note, Fern should be giving birth any day now! I’m constantly looking out for the ” signs of labor ” and checking her back-end and bags. We can’t wait to have goat babies around here! I think Fern has two babies in there, but I am HOPING for three, or four! The more the better.. but in reality, I’ll be surprised if she has more than two.
Since the goats have lived here, I’ve started them on their herbs from Fir Meadows and getting them into the groove of all my natural supplements ( yes I’m crazy ). In the mornings they get their Probiotics, herbs and I try to feed them one raw garlic clove a day; sometimes they eat the garlic and sometimes not. I’ve also been giving them raw apple cider vinegar in their water pale and offering ” Free Choice ” goat minerals, as well as baking soda. The baking soda helps keep their rumen in check and helps with digestion.
Once Fern gives birth, I plan to bathe them both. Bathe Goats… is that a thing?! Well for me it is because their skin is in horrible condition and dry; and their hair is really dry. I am going to make them a homemade shampoo with castile soap, essential oils and coconut oil; and start brushing them. Their skin and hair should be healthy and shiny in NO TIME!
Okay, let’s move onto the goat pen.
How To Build A Goat Pen
Wood Cross Boards
We decided to add to the original corral that was on our property and make it into a big goat pen. Here is the original corral that came with our home:
- Use an auger to make post holes. Seriously, where has this auger been my whole life?! It’s AMAZING! We first made the holes 8 feet apart, but then changed them to 16 feet apart.
2. Fill the holes halfway with cement and place beams in the hole. Fill the rest of the hole with cement and level the beam out. We even threw some rocks into the wet cement for extra stability.
3. Add the wooden cross boards along the bottom with screws and a drill.
4. Let the cement sit overnight to dry and harden.
During this drying process, we worked on building the goat’s ” sleeping quarters “.
We tore down the original structure and rebuilt it by adding new posts, adding cross beams and putting siding on three sides. We were able to reuse the old metal roof, yey! This is where they will sleep, eat and have their water.
Even Grandma and all the kids helped shovel in gravel!
I wanted to add gravel for drainage.
Cutting the siding
We laid the straw bedding on top of a pallet.
Back to the goat pen..
5. After the cement is dry in the post holes, it was time to add the sheep and goat fencing.
Mr. Hubs got a pretty brilliant idea to use his straps to help us pull the fencing straight and tight. We nailed it down with the U-Nails.
6. Last, but not least; add a gate! We were able to use an old gate from our property. We reused so many items from our property, it was great!
I added chicken wire to the gate so that the goats couldn’t escape through.
Whad Up?! Whatchu got fo me to eat lady?
We still have yet to build them some ” toys “, so these buckets and a board will have to do for now.
Here is the birthing pen; Fern will be moved in here when I notice she is in labor.
I’ll be showing you how we made the Hay Feeder from Recycled materials.. coming up another day!