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In 2009, we stepped up our goat infrastructure in a big way by building a proper barn in our goat pasture (previous to this we used Quonset-type huts like that seen here).

The basic concept was to build a barn that straddled our east and west goat pastures, which can be separated from each other by closing a gate. The central section of the barn is wide enough to store three round bales of hay side-by-side, and is as deep as it is wide. The main doorway was designed to be wide enough to roll a round bale through. The sides of the barn are enclosed shelters for the goats, one per pasture. Each shelter has a manger and a feed trough, both of which can be filled from the middle section, and is big enough to shelter about six goats.

Construction details can be found by clicking on the individual picures below.


Viewed from the north.  The remaining posts for the center section have been set in concrete, leveled and secured to the temporary supports.  These are ten-foot-long six-by-six posts.
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Viewed from the west.  The remaining posts for the center section have been set in concrete, leveled and secured to the temporary supports.  These are ten-foot-long six-by-six posts.
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Viewed from the northeast.  Temporary supports (two-by-fours) have been run along the tops of the corner posts of the outside walls of the side sections, and the holes have been sited, dug and fine-tuned for the remaining posts for the outside walls.  The eight-foot-long six-by-six posts have been set in concrete at a nominal depth of 1.5 feet.
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Viewed from the north.  Temporary supports (two-by-fours) have been run along the tops of the corner posts of the outside walls of the side sections, and the holes have been sited, dug and fine-tuned for the remaining posts for the outside walls.  The eight-foot-long six-by-six posts have been set in concrete at a nominal depth of 1.5 feet.
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The lumber for the framing.
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All posts have been cut to exactly level height and corner posts have been mortised on both outsides to accept the wall headers.
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All posts have been cut to exactly level height and inside posts have been mortised on the outside to accept the wall headers.
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The first (inside) part of the twin-two-by-eight header is installed on the long walls (back and front) of the center section of the barn.
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The second (outside) part of the twin-two-by-eight header is installed on the long walls (back and front) of the center section of the barn.
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Detail of how the headers meet at the corners of the center section of the barn.  The left foreground is the short (side) wall, the right foreground is the long (front) wall.
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View of the headers on the short (side) wall of the center section, from inside the center section.
goatbarn_100409_l.jpg: 144 kb
Detail of how the headers were bolted to the posts at the corners of the center section of the barn using washers and 4.5 inch long, 3/8 inch diameter lag bolts that were countersunk about an inch.
goatbarn_100409_m.jpg: 96 kb


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