Hey everyone, I am new here, and new to raising goats. We are getting our first two boer goat does in a few days - both are pregnant and due in a few months. We are very excited, and our kids are overly excited! We have to construct a permanent shelter for them, temporarily we'll house them in our mower shed at night until a permanent shelter is built. He's a rundown of my plan. Sorry if I rattle on...! *Frame will be made out of PALLETS! We'll use some other wood to help with the construction, and We'll use treated plywood for siding. 2 pallets high would be around 8' tall. *12'x12' shed. I measured that area and seems to be okay. I want to keep a 6'x6' area for a pallet of hay/straw and a trashcan w/feed. The rest for the goats. *2 windows, on each side of the shed, with thin cut pieces of wood running verticle in the windows to keep anything outside from getting in! I'll make a solid cover for the winter months. *Slanted roof. *3 doors. One for us to come in/go out, and 2 for the goats - so if we have to seperate them, then we don't have an obsticle course of getting them in/out. Their doors will be open during the day with them inside and doors closed at night. -- Question --- when the kids are born, and we have to seperate the does from each other for a few days or so, would a 6'x6' area be good enough for a doe and her kids? I want them to be comfortable, and they MUST be inside overnight. I figured 6x6 would be big enough for each. And when they are together again, then I'd open the area up. ALSO - What is a good method of ventilation, especially if I have to have the windows closed? Should I leave an section near the top open, without covering it with wood siding? ROOF- what is the best way to put on a roof, that is inexpensive? We don't want metal roofing. I want to have a slanted roof - something that wouldn't take as long to put together, so would it be better to make a frame for the roof, and use plywood with shingles? Or the sheets of stuff sort of like plastic <but not the kind that cracks/breaks easy>. I'd have to look at the pricing because they vary. Is it really necessary to have a floor, or would the dirt be fine? We'd keep bedding in there, and later if need be we can make a floor... We don't have a dog or a buck, and we've seen fox in the area and I know there have been coyote, so we will keep them inside each night. We plan on having a small herd, and raising to sell for meat, And know that we'll need more shelter in the future. I actually plan on making small shelters for them with pallets when the time comes. So that everyone has a place to go. We'll also get a buck and looking into getting a dog. Anyway, do I seem to be on the right track? The only building we've done so far is just replacing some floors in our home <LOL>. Yeah, this will be an adventure! But the bottom line is, I know what 'I' want, and I have it all planned out in my mind. Now let's just see if my husband has other ideas. He works all the time, so we don't have a whole lot of time to construct the shed. The most inexpensive route would be great so if you all have any suggestions? Thanks!