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Old 09-22-2011, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Cheap/easy way to build stalls?

Looks like my goats are going to be moving into a big empty pole barn this winter. I'd like to put up about 8 stalls like they have at fairgrounds until I decide how I want to arrange things permanently. Does anyone know an easy and relatively inexpensive way to do this? Anybody know rough dimensions?



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Old 09-22-2011, 03:30 PM   #2
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Pallets make great stall walls for temporary stalls. You can get them free or cheap from a lot of places.



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Well, I don't know how cheap it would be: would probably depend on what supplies are the cheapest for you.

Here anything metal is very expensive but we have piles of used lumber so we have a dozen or so wooden panels that are maybe 4' tall made out of 2"x4" nailed together. We can tie those together and it's sturdy enough to hold the goats.

If your pole barn has a dirt floor you could pound a few fence posts into the ground and use those to build wooden stalls off of.

That said, if lumber is expensive in Texas... Do you have any stands of saplings or brush with big enough trunks you can cut them down and build pole panels or pole stalls... you'd only need nails, a saw, and time for that...

Dimensions would be whatever you want it to be. I've wintered goats individually in 4' x6' pens with daily turnouts for exercise... but I think those are a bit on the small side. The new ones we're working on are going to be 8' x10' but I think we'll move more toward group pens with just a few individual pens for kidding time.

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Cattle panels.

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Are you staying down here, cattle panels with the north wind blocked (metal, woods, tarps) works great like Ashley said. If your moving up north still, forgetaboutit Sell down to just your core of your herd and use the money to put up real walls. Vicki

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I used cattle panels attached to the pillars I have for my hay loft for my kidding pens, and then wired on some welded wire on the bottom. If your floor is wood, you could do the same, with pounding in a few metal posts.

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Still plan to move north, unfortunately for this purpose, the floor of the big barn is concrete. But it is four solid walls with electricty and water. There are other buildings, lean tos, etc that might eventually become permanent housing, but putting stalls in the big barn seems best with winter coming. I was thinking if we made wooden frames we could maybe put the cattle panels on them or fencing? The pallet idea is interesting too. I'm sure dh could get those from work. I'm thinking 6-8 stalls big enough to house 4 goats each. I'm trying to mostly take my youngest stock so they won't take up much space on the trip. Thanks for the ideas!

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There used to be a product to hook cattle panels together. It looked like a giant corkscrew made of a piece of heavy metal wire. You started it on one end, feeding it through the holes in the two or three panels to be hooked together, and then you just kept turning it at the top... it would feed through every hole and hook the panels together really well.

I can't remember what those were called. I still have a few laying around somewhere but it was just a piece of wire formed into a big screw, or pig tail, shape, and I don't thin there is a name or anything on them.

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This wouldn't be cheap but I use corral panels. I have some blue panels/gates from TSC and I have some green panels that are smaller that I got from Steven's Llamatique. Put some fencing over top of the panels and I can make any size stalls I want. The green panels have 9x9 and 6x9 sizes with a 3 foot gate. The blue panels come in 10, 12 & 16 foot size with gates at 4 or 6 foot.

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That concrete floor will probably be very cold in the winter, so make sure to build up the bedding really well! The other buildings might actually be warmer, if they are dirt floored. Are you planning to keep them penned inside all winter? They will probably get pretty bored and stir-crazy if you do that, plus they won't get much exercise.



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