Ok, some of you know my sad, pitiful ( ) story of not being able to get a "real" goat shed built or bought at this point. I'm bringing home two 8 week old kids (Nigerian Dwarf) the end of May. I've been told and encouraged by you here to use a dog house until I can get larger, better accommodations for my goats.
So, here are my two options of dog houses. I will be adding probably a two foot wooden extension/tunnel entrance to which ever one I use so that the wind will be blocked even more.
The first option: a large dog igloo, it would set directly on the ground as that seems to be the best option for cleaning.
Here's the second option: a large, rectangular dog house that has a plastic floor.
I'd very much appreciate any and all comments and suggestions on which one to use and anything else I should do to them or whatever. Thanks so much.
The igloo will hold up much better. We have both actually, for our kids to play on. and they beat the heck out of them. Since the other one already has a crack, I would be afraid it would worsen and either colapse or cause injury. Putting the igloo on the ground is fine when it is hot, but in the cold they should have something to be on, even if you just put plywood on a pallet and attach the igloo to it. Just temp attach, so still easy to clean, but won't fall off the pallet, maybe just 2x4 around the edge of the pallet will keep the igloo in place. In fact, the goats will use the pallet as a sun deck when the igloo is not on it. We have those too, but not for hte igloos, and the kids bounce all over them too. Goats are such fun!
Hey Cinder, I would go for the Igloo one. The reason I used them and not the other one with the plastic floor is that plastic is really slick when it has straw or pee in it. I use the igloo one for my babues when I have a new one that is being introduced to the herd. Like my baby buck, I want to give him a place he can go to get away from the others. If they pee in it at least it will go in the grounds and they will not lay in it on the plastic. I have a friend that liked your second one, but they babies were running and one ran in the house, slipped and broke his neck. I am not saying that all goats will do that , I just want to tell you what I have experienced. I know of a lot of people that use the plastic on the bottom just fine.
Either way, I just know they are going to be very happy with you.
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I have never had an igloo one but I have one similar to the other one and it works fine especially as it has a insulated floor- it is so wet here during the winter, none of my animals live on dirt floors. The only bad thing is if the rain blows, it can hold the water and I have to tip it up to drain. Mine has a well around the outside that holds the water away from where the kids lay.
If you use they one with the plastic bottom, you MUST clean it out everyday or it gets REALLY nasty. I like the igloo one, you could move it easily for cleaning. I have the square one...they jump up on the roof and it broke pretty quickly (but it was old).
Have any of you concidered trying calf hutches. They are a little bigger and no floor in them. That is what I am gonna get to put out in the pasture for a shelter during the day. If you can figure out how to put a door on them I can't see why they wouldn't be alright at night to. I have a small barn also so will use that at night or in winter..