Thanks... hopefully we will manage to walk them back and forth every day to the veggie garden or the unused chicken run. If not though, they will have a much better setup as soon as we get some spring. The barn is on our old horse paddock. Not giant, but a really nice size. I wanna add a bit of a lean to on the side of the barn, about a 10 by 20, that will be roofed and three walled, so that they will always have that outside access even if we have loads of snow, and they can stand in shelter and look south and get some sun. The horses could trample the snow down...I am pretty sure the goats wont.
In the summer though, the two acre horse pasture will be theirs. That has a clump of spruce in the middle, and we used a chainsaw to cut a room into the spruce clump, so it acts as a shelter. The horses loved it. We would keep the horses in there until the water froze too fast, then move them up to the paddock. I am planning on the same with the goats.
It is just that the goats will only get about 1/3 of the barn for their run-in in the winter, but that is also why I want to add a lean-to for them. Oh, and the goats will not get the luxury digs until the weather helps us out.
did you get any flooding at your place?
yep, totally, but I think I asked all of the right questions.