Door flaps...

Discussion in 'Barnyard Bananza' started by Muddy Creek Farm, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. Muddy Creek Farm

    Muddy Creek Farm New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Keokuk, Iowa
    We made these so that the wind is blocked but the goats can get in and out. I love them, they really really help.
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  2. enjoytheride

    enjoytheride New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Humboldt Co Ca
    Good for keeping flies out too but what material did you use? I can'tthink of anything my girls wouldn't chew into pieces.
     

  3. Muddy Creek Farm

    Muddy Creek Farm New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Keokuk, Iowa
    I really did think they would chew it, but they haven't. My goats don't chew at all... I just used some rubber-like stuff from lowes, I bought a few feet. It was really cheap and has done a great job so far.
     
  4. Rachel K

    Rachel K New Member

    59
    Jan 6, 2008
    Dyersville, Iowa
    Great idea. :thumb:
     
  5. FarmGirl18

    FarmGirl18 New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Oklahoma
    Neat idea Chelsey! :thumbup: I like it!
     
  6. fritzie

    fritzie New Member

    751
    Oct 6, 2007
    TENN
    great idea. thanks. i have had tarps up this winter but between the goats & the dogs they tear them into shreds.
     
  7. jBlaze

    jBlaze New Member

    254
    Oct 9, 2007
    Oregon
    How did you ever find goats that don't chew!!!???
    I would love to do something like that, but would hate to see it in a week, lol.
     
  8. Muddy Creek Farm

    Muddy Creek Farm New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Keokuk, Iowa
    I have no idea! They don't chew a bit! :leap:
     
  9. jBlaze

    jBlaze New Member

    254
    Oct 9, 2007
    Oregon
    Are you sure they are really goats? lol :) jk
     
  10. Muddy Creek Farm

    Muddy Creek Farm New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Keokuk, Iowa
    You know, they aren't goats. They are angels :angel:
     
  11. goat fever

    goat fever New Member

    141
    Oct 17, 2007
    Carlisle, PA
    I did the same thing on my goat shed. It does really help keep the wind and snow out. I didn't cut any strips in my though. The goats just push on it and in they go. My goats must be angels too, they don't chew on it either. But mine will steal $ 5.00 out of your pockets and eat that. Go figure.
     
  12. goat fever

    goat fever New Member

    141
    Oct 17, 2007
    Carlisle, PA
    I forgot the add the material we use was just an old black tarp. Nothing special.
     
  13. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    rubber is pretty hard and doesn't taste good so maybe that helps :shrug:

    I've tried plastic (some really tough stuff not even sure what it usally is used for) and mine started to eat it! So down it went.

    I like the rubber idea though, hmmmm will have to remember that
     
  14. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    MuddyCreekFarm . . .

    I was in Lowes and Home Depot this past weekend and couldn't find anything that looked like the material you used for your door flap . . . if you could provide any more details, that would be wonderful! (i.e. was it on a roll and you had it cut, was it in the flooring section, etc.).
     
  15. ProctorHillFarm

    ProctorHillFarm New Member

    My husband runs an excavation and landscaping supply company and probably about two years ago he brought some rubber "pond liner" home- and thats exactly what we did with it! We hung it over the small doors- and even a 10x10 run in, it really makes a huge difference.
    We kept ours in solid flaps sort of like a regular dog door- it only takes them about 5 minutes to figure out they can push it open and come and go. :)
     
  16. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

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    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    Thanks PHF. We recently built a little run-in on to the back of an existing structure. We made it taller than our other run-in to make it easier for us to get in to clean, add minerals, etc. However, with the cold snap we had last week, I quickly realized how much colder it was than our more-enclosed run in. I am hoping that this will be a good solution during the winter months, provided they don't decide it's tasty.
     
  17. ProctorHillFarm

    ProctorHillFarm New Member

    we havent had any of ours eat it either- here is a picture of one of our small doors to the barn
    its .45 mil thickness- so pretty heavy duty stuff, not sure if it needs to be that heavy though!
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  18. harmonygoats

    harmonygoats New Member

    138
    Nov 19, 2007
    Northern Arkansas
    We have used old race car tires. They are super wide and no steel in them. Just cut them open and cut strips, we've had one up for 5 years now.
     
  19. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    i use xl gunny sacks, they dont chew on them, and are light. but... mine freeze when it gets -20 or so. or well..we also use this for the pigs.
     
  20. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    I don't know how I missed this back when it started. Chelsey, that is a great idea. I love it.

    As for you all that have goats that chew things, I have to say I have never had a goat chew anything. THANK THE LORD.