We have been talking about building a barn/shed to put the goats in on cold Missouri nights this winter plus use for kidding. We were hoping to breed next month or the next, but Shamrock had other plans... Pushed aside a wood plank we use as a precaution to keep THE BUCKLINGS in and wedged herself through the gate (about a 7 inch gap!). I saw her get mounted by Leprechaun like three times while I panicked. She arched her back afterward. Sigh. For now, I assume she’s pregnant. Sooooo, suddenly we are motivated to get the ball rolling on a real shelter to keep babies warm. I believe she would be kidding around February 16. We are excited, though. We are talking about a lofted shed 16x26 ish or more or less. We’ll add the pens in ourselves. My dad wants to put all the winter hay (Timothy square bales and alfalfa orchard grass square bales) in the loft above the goats. I am very concerned about fire hazards. I think we should just store the hay in a separate shelter my dad made. We could store extra goat grain and mineral bags in containers and a few bales of hay that we are going to use right away up in the loft. The hay bales are kind of sketchy to me. We are new to buying hay. I’ve found some Carolina horsenettle (which I think is poisonous to goats) and other weeds in it. Some bales are almost all stem. Some also seem kind of moist. Seems like a recipe for a barn fire to me. That said, would you ever store your hay bales above your goats? Would you put it elsewhere?