How to build goat house out of pallets....

Discussion in 'Barnyard Bananza' started by firelight27, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. firelight27

    firelight27 Hopelessly Addicted

    Apr 24, 2009
    Southern Oregon
    I need to build some goat houses, and I have a ton of pallets. They are really nice and new and the wood is great. I would like them to be large enough for two Nigerian Dwarfs to go into, and I just want something three sided so I can duck in there to feed (I would be wanting to attach a feeder to the back wall.) The idea is that it should be light enough for me to move it alone or with one other person to grab the other side. I don't need instructions for a bottom, because I assume I can just cut a nice piece of wood big enough to just attach so I can have a dry floor to put straw on.

    I was wondering if any-one knows of any plans? I would obviously need to get some sort of wood to put over the finished structure since the pallets are slatted......Or perhaps entirely dismantle the pallets and build something out of the pieces. I have no experience wood-working, but have a skill saw and the drive to get it done. We just moved the first of December, and I can not move the goats until I have at least a few paddocks fenced together and some goat houses built.

    Driving back and forth twenty minutes twice a day is not working out well at all, I don't get enough time to spend with my goats to make sure they are doing fine or to do any show training on all the youngsters I want to get into the pen this spring, and it is making getting my last couple of does bred more difficult. That and I want everyone moved here before anyone is too preggo. My girls are going to be here with me when they kid! Lol. I've got the most perfect car port thing right outside my back porch that I am going to put some kidding pens in. Much easier than trecking all the way to the barn at my old place twice an hour to check on a doe with no ligs. :)

  2. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    We use pallets for EVERYTHING. We build our 'mini' barn out of pallets! 16'x12' the only thing we paid for was the roof and we bought 2x4's for the roof frame. Recently we put up OSB for siding. It's divided into two stalls with pallets as the dividing wall.
    Our buck's shelter is temporary - pallets on 3 sides with tarp covering it really good on the 3 sides. I use the longer pallets so it's about 5-6' long and about 4' wide.

    We have a lot of wood from trees my husband cut down, and he took the wider pieces, and cut them into short pieces about a foot and a half long or so? He buried them in the ground, and set the pallets on those, sot hey pallets weren't on the ground - they will last longer doing this. Just make sure everything is as level as you can make it.

    You can block the space up under it with rocks, scrap wood or just put a really good layer of bedding so no draft comes in under it. If you choose to do it this way of course :)

    I'd either do an A framed roof, or I would just do a slanted roof. Our temporary buck shelter has the slanted roof, the east side is about 5 inches or so higher than the west side, his entrance is on the south side. Our weather this time of year comes from the west/northwest, so the shorter side gets the brunt of it, and IMO it's best to make the shorter side where the weather comes from.
    When I redo his, it will be about the same size, just permanent, and he'll have a doorway - the front won't be completely open like it is now.

    Cover it with OSB, and there ya go! If you get it done, go to Lowes with your measurements and they can cut it for you. Just be sure to take a permanent marker with you to makr the pieces so you know where each piece belongs!
    This is what I plan to do when the time comes to get his house done :)
    As for covering the top, I am not sure if you want to use tile or what? I have no real experience doing roofing, and don't even know what I'll use. You can look on craigslist or place an ad looking for roofing materials. Until you find something you can also cover it with tarp. I love pallets, osb and tarp LOL

    Our mini barn:

    Here's some pics of when we started. I don't have any current pics up yet...
    You can get an idea of what I was talking about whenI said don't set them directly on the ground <So they don't rot and become weak> ... 846021045/

    You don't have to put them so high above the ground, this was just my husband's preference, because he surrounded the area with rocks, and dirt to build it up. Our goats LOVE walking on the rocks...