Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

has anyone seen these before?

http://www.countrymanufacturing.com/miniaturehorsestalls.htm

How many goats could I keep in one of these stalls?

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Those are pretty cool.  It would be relatively easy to design something along those lines more suited to individual spaces and our goats.

This has also given me a realistic idea of how to fix my inside gate for the girls.  They are still on my covered, enclosed patio without the barn started.  They are happy there and it is super convenient for me (which is why I've been in no hurry) but they don't have a permanent gate to their area and manage to squeeze through if I forget to move the milk can full of feed into place at the latch end.

The smallest one would suit two goats, or be spacious for a mom and kids during kidding. I used wooden pallets to create my "stalls"

Very Nice! Expensive! I wouldn't invest without some serious measurements of spaces etc. in case they were unsafe or escapable! 

Those are very cool, but I think the solid walls are a little tall, so the goats wouldn't be able to see each other, which they wouldn't like. They are herd animals so don't like to feel isolated from the herd. Sydell makes things specifically for sheep and goats. Their kidding pens are here:

http://sydell.com/products.asp?id=47&title=Lambing%20%26%20Kidd...

Their fair pens would also be good for using in a barn.

A 4X8 space is smaller than my kidding pens, which is for one doe and her kids. You could put two adults in there overnight, but I wouldn't expect them to live in their full-time or you'd be completely mucking it out every couple days because the poop and pee in a space that small builds up fast!

You can buy them without the wood panels, (for less too) and put in wire so the goats can see each other.

If you have pictures of your stalls I wouldn't mind seeing them. I have also though about using pallets for stalls and it would be nice to see how other did it.


Rachel Whetzel said:

The smallest one would suit two goats, or be spacious for a mom and kids during kidding. I used wooden pallets to create my "stalls"

Nigerian Dwarfs may be housed with 20 sq ft/each animal in a barn overnight (not to live in 24/7).  So a 4 x 8 would be snug for 2, but more than roomy enough for one goat, or a doe w/2 kids.

I built mine out of pallets..have pics on my page

Nicholas Windsor said:

If you have pictures of your stalls I wouldn't mind seeing them. I have also though about using pallets for stalls and it would be nice to see how other did it.


Rachel Whetzel said:

The smallest one would suit two goats, or be spacious for a mom and kids during kidding. I used wooden pallets to create my "stalls"

I don't have pictures of the newest barn's stalls, but I do have one of what is now the buck barn. http://www.minetothine.com/2010/10/new-goat-digs.html

Nicholas Windsor said:

If you have pictures of your stalls I wouldn't mind seeing them. I have also though about using pallets for stalls and it would be nice to see how other did it.


Rachel Whetzel said:

The smallest one would suit two goats, or be spacious for a mom and kids during kidding. I used wooden pallets to create my "stalls"

That looks nice..... what is the flooring?  dirt or concrete?  I was wondering how they did the sweeping of floors in the old days with dirt floors....I would think that would keep making the dirt level down...

so the roof it tarped?  I like all the green... no green here just dirt and weeds LOL  just like the western tv shows..

Rachel Whetzel said:

I don't have pictures of the newest barn's stalls, but I do have one of what is now the buck barn. http://www.minetothine.com/2010/10/new-goat-digs.html

Nicholas Windsor said:

If you have pictures of your stalls I wouldn't mind seeing them. I have also though about using pallets for stalls and it would be nice to see how other did it.


Rachel Whetzel said:

The smallest one would suit two goats, or be spacious for a mom and kids during kidding. I used wooden pallets to create my "stalls"

4 x 8 would be VERY snug for 2 goats. Not enough. I have a barn when I first got my goats - it was not "goat ready" lol - it had become a "storage" shed. -(

 

I built a 8 x 8 shed for them - ground floor. It was great for when they were kids - so I finally got them barnside - now, my two buck boys are using the shed. I tied a tarp to two trees to create a covered area for them (winter monsoon season -(

and they spend the day under it standing on oak rounds and a bench I made - doe gazing.  Yay for getting goats!

Best, Melissa

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