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:great: Lookin' good! I love red barns. All of ours are red with the exception of our largest. (It has such lovely knotted wood, we stained it instead). Can't wait for your carport to get here! I hope the installation goes smoothly for you.
 

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Thank you! I love red barns and I agree it's amazing how a new coat of paint can make old buildings look great again!

That run in shelter that we painted yesterday we got from our neighbor about a year ago. He passed away back in March from cancer and is missed so much (Retired Ag teacher, active in his Church, long time sheep breeder and all around great man). It felt good to revive the shelter, I thought about him the entire time.

Still nothing on the carport yet, but I'm hoping if no more delays that it is installed before Friday as I start working at the horse track on Friday. Crazy that it's been 11 months since I've photographed a race there!
 

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Thanks for posting! I've been hemming and hawing about painting (or staining) an old barn on our property we use for hay storage. It really does make a world of difference! I need to do it after seeing your sheds all done up.

When you put the sand in the buck shelter or the gravel where the doe carport is going - what did you use to compact it?
 

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Thanks for posting! I've been hemming and hawing about painting (or staining) an old barn on our property we use for hay storage. It really does make a world of difference! I need to do it after seeing your sheds all done up.

When you put the sand in the buck shelter or the gravel where the doe carport is going - what did you use to compact it?
Your welcome! I bet your barn will look great! We had put it off partly because paint is so expensive (at Lowe's), and not having the buck shelter completely finished with missing boards. But then I saw that Rural King had 5 gallon buckets of flat red barn pain for $53 vs. Lowe's $103 (glossy and apparently the only one they sell now). I need to go get more as soon as I get a chance.

Honestly, we have done everything manually. If you can level it as best you can and put down stall mats that IMO would be the best/easiest way to compact it. My husband used a heavy canvas that he anchored the sides down and let the boys walk over it for a couple of months before removing the canvas and putting what stall mats we had left down.
The mistake he did make was not building a good barrier around the sand. I highly recommend at least a wood barrier to keep the sides from chipping away. He sort of has a barrier on the sides, but later on we'll end up working on that to make it better. The front corners he didn't quite have enough sand to go to the wall, and that area chips away which is frustrating when cleaning - then the little guys dug it out a bit since that seemed to be a perfect sleeping spot (lol). But again If we had a barrier and a little more to fill that in, then the hole wouldn't be there.
 

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Oh good tip about the Rural King paint, I would have never thought to look places other than lowes/home depot for paint but we have Runnings here, I bet they have similar to Rural King!
Yep, definitely check around! I really didn't know where else to check other than TSC. The local Ace Hardware is fairly expensive on anything. I try to avoid Walmart, but I haven't checked to see if they sold any. I love the new Rural King, it's about 20 minutes away if I take the interstate. Rural King tried to come to our town years ago and the town boycotted it. I understand it would hurt a lot of the small businesses, but come on... people will just go spend their $$ in another county...

Carport update? They should be here bright and early tomorrow to start setting it up! Fingers crossed all goes well! We're very excited! But then the real fun will come... once it's set up we have to get an idea of what we're going to need in order to get it ready so the girls can at least move in. Their temporary setup is fine, but they absolutely don't like it and want to be back near the barn and I can't blame them.
 

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Thought I'd update that our carport was installed today! We love it and can't wait to get started on getting it ready so eventually the girls can move into their sleeping area in the back half!













We'll have to figure out what we'll line the walls with (OSB or plywood would be ideal, but prices I've heard have skyrocketed....), insulation needs to happen in these first steps and get that out of the way.
Sleeping area in the back needs to be done, then the stalls.

We have some ideas for the stalls - using old horse stall doors! We have some of these old stall doors that we can cut to size and use as stall dividers like we did in one section of the old barn




I'd really like to put them to use inside because they are just going to rust out in the weather.
Plan is to cut them to size and paint them (need to find ideas for paint!).


We plan on completely redoing the fence in this section anyway as well as the buck pens. We may end up selling our buck after we are done breeding so no rush on this right now.
 

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Thanks Everyone I appreciate it! I've been super busy the past several days, and haven't had a chance to work on anything. I'm hoping to get a chance to do that tomorrow - start looking for and pricing building supplies. I thought it would be easy, but now that it's here I am so scatterbrained. Where to start? lol. I'm thinking we should start on the back wall and doors first, then get the back half done so the girls can move in, then work on the front. We placed it so the front will face east - our weather usually blows in from the west or south, sometimes from the north, very rarely from the east.
 

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I thought while I actually have time to sit down at my computer I would update what we did with the barn! We got a super late start on it thanks to my son wanting to paint his car inside it before we started enclosing the ends. My husband took 2 weeks off work after Thanksgiving to get it ready in the 'nick of time' before 4 of our girls kidded end of Dec.

It has worked out wonderfully! We still need to make front and back doors though, and my husband has been debating on what to use, but I think we're going to get fence boards and make them out of those. We decided hinged vs. sliding.

This is the back of the barn, there is a doggie door for does to come/go. Right now we have the big door boarded up until we get doors on it. Front looks the exact same just no doggy door, and is boarded up with a piece of OSB that we use to cover the temporary doorway to get in/out. Windows are also boarded up for now, but hoping to get those done soon. We plan on making wooden frames for windows and screwing on pieces of the clear roofing panel or something similar vs. using glass. I want windows that will open.











6 stalls, last one on the right side is currently for feed, etc. My husband has actually got the post in the ground to get it finished. Dividers are either snapped or wired in place and can be removed as needed.

ALSO... he installed electric! Yay! We have 2 outlets, but considering adding a 3rd towards the back as I have another light to hang up back there.

We opted to use wood on the gates for now vs. panels as it helps keep the draft off the babies when the door is open.


One thing I like about this setup.... we have options. between taking out panels and securing the gates this way if we ever wanted to open the barn up more we could.


It's not fancy, but beats what we had and put the fence boards to use which would have otherwise been piled and left to rot and these are good, strong boards. I bet when they are painted they will look really good!

After doors and doing much needed fencing so these guys can go out more often is our next big thing. BUT... on the front of each stall I am wanting to make little doors that we can open/close so when they are in stalls at night, babies can play in the barn aisle or go to the back stall which will be their creep feeder.
Tomorrow I am hoping to go to a place and look at creep panels so I can take that back stall panel off and put a creep panel on so that stall (where bottle babies currently live) can be a creep feeder.

Because of weather and need to put up a fence, these goats are inside much of the day :( I don't want these does mingling with our pregnant girls and fighting with them. So that is my goal the next few days = getting fence up. Trying to decide what to use is the issue. Fence boards and wire, or buying fence panels. I'm headed out to measure the area in a few minutes to weigh my options. We have good, strong panels, but want to save those for a new buck pen. Right now we turn 2 moms and babies out into the back bigger area that is 15'x20' to play, then mid day we switch them out so the other 2 can go back there. Today they can go outside as it's nice out.

I just have so much to figure out for the future. 2 buck pens are needed, a place for all the does to sleep after kids are weaned. New barn is solely for pregnant does, moms w/babies or will be for any doe kids/does or wethers my daughter shows. I'm sure it will be very hot this summer so the less goats we have in there the better.
 
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