Let me say that I do have shelter for my goats out in the pasture. My questions is based on what a guy I talked to a long time ago before I ever got goats told me about goats. He said that goat NEED to be stalled EVERY night because they would get sick and die. His stalls he had were small and over crowded (he owned 70 goat or more most stalls were 3X4 with on average 2 goats per stall, some prego) and while he DID make an effort to keep the stalls clean, there was still very poo ridden and out in front was a mound of poop and pee that he threw hay over every day. His barn was stuffy and smelly and while I think he genuinely cared for his animals I don't think he had the time or man power to properly clean the stalls. Nor did he use bedding. He also did not have great pasture for so many goats as he only had 8 acres, bought in most of their forage. He had a huge worm problem he said, at time had no other idea what would cause it if he treated with wormers. Now, I provide shelter in forms of tarps and an old truck"topper", the goats use them from time to time, but I leave it free to come and go at their will. I don't make anyone go into stalls. I know most would say predators are the worst problem, not sickness, but I have 2 great pyrs out patroling 24/7 whom adore the goats, sheep and calves. I DO have plans of putting up a deep 3 sided shelter before we get into hard winter (I'm in FL, bad winter here is like a nice spring day up north, ) Now, do you think what I provide is poor? I just seen how much he fought all those goats to go in at night and I just don't want to force them to do something they truely don't want too(when it's not medically needed). If a sick goat needed a stall I would gladly give it to them, I got a stall for just such purposes right on my front porch, with a roof and I always keep a few bags of bedding on hand just incase I need it. Do you think an animal out pastured 24/7 (assuming you have some kind of livestock guardian and some type of free choice shelter) is going to be healthier then the nightly stalled animal? Won't goats go in when they feel they need it (if their healthy of course)? My clydesdale has been pastured his entire life and never had any issues because of being pastured 24/7. Lots of horse people I've talked to think I'm a sinner because I don't put him in a stall at night. The way this guy talked was like I couldn't keep a goat alive a week with out a nightly draft free enviroment. What do you all think? I know some of you all stall your goats which I don't think is bad if you keep up on the stalls and not let them build up with poop. I just would rather them be were they choose and plus I'd rather spend the time with them them mucking their stalls. If you stall them together don't you worry about them butting each other? How big of stall do you consider acceptable per goat? I have 12X12 stalls, 2 of them, would this be okay for 7 goats? What's your opinion on stalling? Thanks!