Welcome to the Dill's-A Little Goat Barn Tour!
Front view of the milk barn
Walking up from the house.
Here's a photo of our milk barn. As you can see, on the left is our holding area.
We bring all the does in here, then they come in a side access door to come into the milk area.
Views of the inside of the milk barn.
We have two milk stands, a large shelf unit and a nicely sized cabinet to hold medications and things we use regularly on our milkers. We also have plenty of room for a large feed bin, trash can and our milk machine compressor. We milk two does at a time, so milking goes fairly quickly. Nice when milking 30 to 40 does twice a day!
Chris's shop building no longer belongs to just him! Take a tour of the inside to see what we've done.
As you can see, we have our feed storage on either side of the kidding stalls. Way in the back out of view is Chris's workbench and tool storage area. Our shop is equipped with hot and cold running water...however the sinks are mainly for handwashing. We'll install some tub sinks soon for cleaning up some of our milking equipment. Once a doe freshens, she's milked out right here in the kidding area and left stalled to clean before returning to the main group.
My row of kidding stalls. There are eleven of them.
Chris built these units semi portable. Once we build our "real" goat barn, these will be a permanent fixture in it. In the meantime, they work great for our temporary situation.
Shaboom is peeking out of her stall. Dizzy is happy to show you the inside of her's. 9 of these stalls
are 4'x5'. Two of them are 4'x6' in order to accommodate the really big girls.
We have a one room apartment attached to our shop. You can see doors to a walk in closet and 3/4 bath that houses a toilet, sink and shower. There's shelving in the bathroom that makes a nice spot for calf bottles, a pasteurizer and extra medications. We have room for a couple of freezers and miscellaneous kidding supplies in this nice space. We also have seven playpens set up to receive our kids once they're dried off. They stay in here for a couple of days before being sent out to kid pens.
Some Favorite Tools....
Here is a small portion of our pens. As you can see, we use fiberglass calf hutches that we purchased at dairy sales for our houses. We had problems with the girls eating the wooden shelters and tearing them apart, so these calf hutches have been a nice solution. Virtually indestructible...even by our bucks! This is one of our mineral feeders. It isn't pretty, but it works GREAT! And better yet, it was inexpensive to build, and an easy design to work with.
We have a huge hay rack that the boys built from Stock panels and t-posts that works GREAT! It holds three to four square bales of hay at a time. It's long enough that the entire doe herd can gather round to eat from it without a lot of fussing and fighting going on. You can get an idea of the design from this photo. Hubby Chris has designed some nice large fence hanging hay racks as well, so I'll get photos of those soon.
As you can see from our photos, we use large water tanks for the senior herds along with sheep troughs for feeding. The younger animals have much smaller water tanks to reduce the risk of drowning accidents and feed pans. Bucks feed dishes are hooked to the outside of the fence, they have to reach through for access. That way no one gets mounted during rutting season. LOL
One of our newest inventions...a head gate worked up just for the big bucks. Some of these guys came a tad skiddish and putting them up on a milk stand was impossible. We even had Expert take off with the milkstand and nearly injured himself and my husband in the process. So...in order to do the job of trimming hooves, worming, and clipping...this dude contains the big guys safely and efficiently. No one can take off with the gate and I can work with my boys!
As you can see, our goats get a great deal of enjoyment out of the toys we've provided them with!
This is Dill's GS Moon Walker modeling one of the goat coats I made for our babies. This size fits newborn Nubians, or 4 to 6 month old Dwarves. All you need is an old sweatshirt, thread and some velcro, and you're good to go! The coats are washable, and very easy care. Not to mention the babies look darling wearing them! :)
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