Storage Shed for Shelter

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by ariella42, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. ariella42

    ariella42 New Member

    May 22, 2014
    Saluda, NC
    Has anyone used a storage shed like this for a goat shelter?
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    http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay...gId=10051&cmRelshp=req&rel=nofollow&cId=PDIO1
    Our current set-up is working for now, but when we move and get more goats, we'll need another option for shelter. We can't spend much and, since we're still renting, something that isn't permanent would be best. The price is right on this, and we could leave it open to our 10x10 kennel most nights, but I worry about the lack of ventilation in general. Is there a good way to add ventilation to a structure like this?
     
  2. IvyMayPygmyGoats

    IvyMayPygmyGoats New Member

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    Jan 24, 2014
    I don't see why you couldn't. All mine are wooden and terrible but get the job done :)
     

  3. ArborGoats

    ArborGoats Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    I looked into using that exact shelter when I moved. My concerns were warmth because its not very thick metal and that it didn't come with a base. The place I needed to put mine was not going to support it well enough and its already down to single digits at night. But you could certainly make it work!
     
  4. Jessica84

    Jessica84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    California
    No!! I have that same exact one and it dents so very easy. I had to put panels all around it because the cows have almost killed it. I use mine for grain and even if I bump it with a bag it dents. Not to mention the doors suck. The only way I would recommend it for a shelter is if you could come in a few inches and build a wall


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  5. ariella42

    ariella42 New Member

    May 22, 2014
    Saluda, NC
    Wow, that's good to know about how easily it dents! Maybe we can find one for a little more that's better quality. Does anyone have any recommendations?
     
  6. Greybird

    Greybird New Member

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    May 14, 2014
    Shelton, WA
    It *might* work, sort of, if you can spend the money to line it with OSB, but seriously ...
    I had a very similar building here and it was horrible. (Its remains are in a pile, waiting to be sold for scrap.) It dented at the slightest touch, the sliding doors were always jammed into place by shavings or grass, etc, and - worst of all - it dripped all the time! The condensation inside was so bad that it seemed like it rained more inside than it did outside. It was useless for storing anything that wasn't waterproof.
    I think you could put together a simple shed with OSB siding and a mono-pitch roof for about the same amount of money and it should be fairly easy to knock it apart and take it with you when you move.
    I think you will regret the purchase if you buy that metal building.
     
  7. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    I also had that one with 4 wethers in it. Even though the door was open all the time, they ripped right through the back of it leaving very sharp metal sticking out everywhere.
     
  8. ariella42

    ariella42 New Member

    May 22, 2014
    Saluda, NC
    Well, back to the drawing board. I know my husband was hoping we could do as little construction as possible, but I guess some particle board and 2x4s are likely in our future. Thank you for all of the input!
     
  9. Jessica84

    Jessica84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    California
    They are just way to expensive for what you get :( the osb boards are not a bad idea. I bought one of those shelter logic sheds, it's basically a tarp garage that's fully inclosed. I went around the inside and put osb boards up. What I did was put t post in then on the ends of the osb board I put 2X2s and drilled holes in them so I could tie to the t post. Works pretty good. So although you would have to put some construction I to it not much but that she's there isn't even tall enough to have t posts so I'm still not recommending that but was trying to give you ideas ;)


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  10. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    What if you built 2 of 3 roof things based on a truck canopy and small enough to move with out too much trouble, say 4 foot x 6 foot. Then you could build 4 short wall panels for it to set on. Make it so it all goes together with lag bolts. Then if you need to move you can take them apart and take them with you.
     
  11. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    if you could find free pallets to make a low inner wall. ..to both protect the walls from dents and supprt the shed..maybe that will work..some times a good deal is not such a good deal..but its worth investigating
     
  12. Jessica84

    Jessica84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    California

    But I think there would have to be something around it as well. I am so not joking on how thin that metal is. If the goats even jump up to put their hoofs on it it's gonna dent.


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  13. I'm with HapppyBleats on the pallets. You can build amazing things with them! My son is building me a 12'x8' shed to quarantine a new goat. Amazing how fast it's coming together. Start to finish today, and the thing is fully framed, ready for roof/siding. The pallets were free, as was some scrap lumber, so all we're out is less than $20 worth of deck screws. If you wanted to make it so you can tear it down when you move, use bolts instead of screws. My feed store gives me all the pallets I can carry. You might also check tractor sales for (possibly larger) pallets. There are a bunch of videos on YouTube re: pallet construction, or email me and I'll share some of the tips we've learned. (My son is also working on a 16x20 storage shed/shop -- yup, pallets!)
     
  14. ariella42

    ariella42 New Member

    May 22, 2014
    Saluda, NC
    Thanks for all of the ideas! We actually have a canopy downstairs. If the move goes through soon (and hopefully it will, though the owner might have to evict the tenants, which will take much longer), we might take that with us and use that as a roof for whatever we come up with.
     
  15. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Yikes so super thin...mightbe better to just build a building as mentioned..something you can take apart and move when needed


    My hubby brings home pallets and crates from work...we have a pile at back that is less then sightly lol..but we build a lot with them...currently my kids are using pallets to make a low wall on the inside and our side of a canopy frame...we ordered a new tarp for it but once its done it will house nine donkeys...

    we have made a horse shelter, a small chicken coop...a hunting blind..closed inour barn and the sheeps shelter for basically nothing...
     
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  16. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    Here's what's left of mine :lol:
     

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  17. Jessica84

    Jessica84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    California
    Lol yep mine would be the same if I didn't build a fence all around it. Even then I give it a few years and just I will have it broke.
    Is California the only state that you have to pay for pallets?? I can but some for $10 each $5 if they need to move them and feed store, Home Depot Ect. Charge $20 deposit. The only place that doesn't is tractor supply but I can only feed so much grain lol


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  18. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Texas you can pick them up all day long...Try Craigs list.might find a source there....also be sure they didnt carry chemicals...
     
  19. Chadwick

    Chadwick New Member

    Jan 23, 2014
    Volant PA
    Ariella was it tenn you are in? What's your budget for a shelter, I could draw up a plan for a cheap wood shelter that will go together easy....
     
  20. DappledBoers

    DappledBoers New Member

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    Feb 10, 2013
    Yes I have the same exact shed. If the goats don't have access to the outside of the shed then you could put like plywood on the inside to prevent them from denting it. But it doesn't dent EXTREMELY easy. And the doors. Oh my gosh the doors... The are poorly planned. They get stuck wayyyy to easily. We ended up ripping the doors off and putting swinging wood doors on there.