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The Chicken, The Goat and The Barn

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by yogifink, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. yogifink

    yogifink Songster

    May 16, 2013
    Pinebluff, nc
    My Coop
    I need some opinions –

    We are building a new barn. I would like to house chickens and goats. We will have 4 pastures about 3 acers each and 2 small pens about 1000 sqft. Small pens are for breeding, sick bay or maybe a few pigs in the future.

    The idea is to have each pasture connect to one stall in the barn. So, 6 stalls each with a turn out to the accompanying pasture/pen. We want to keep ‘families’ separate – meaning a different breed of chicken in each pasture/stall (for breed control), and a different herd of goats. Need to include a milking area, an area for garden tools/storage, an area for feed and hay storage. Gambrel roof (think traditional barn) for hay.

    No size limitation. Cost is prohibitive, but I need ideas and opinions. How would you do it?

  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I'd start drawing, to scale, the separate areas you'll need inside the barn.
    Use graph paper, buy a whole pad of it..... use pencil, so you can erase.
    Don't be afraid to try totally different layouts.

    Would be good to have a site plan too, to show the pasture areas, fencing, etc.
    Maybe use google maps to print out your land on paper,
    with something showing that you can measure hands on for scale......
    .....house, building, shed, concrete driveway width, etc.

    That's what I'd do......but made my living doing drafting and design for a couple decades....
    ...and am lucky enough to still have cadd software so would use that over pencil and paper.

    Sounds like great good fun to me.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2016

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