The Muscovies like to hang out on top of the chicken coop or goat shed.
When we converted the old storage shed into a chicken coop (long before we got the ducks), we discovered a leak so we tarped it. Tarp was the fastest, cheapest option for fixing it, and amazingly, it has lasted over five and a half years. It has recently begun to shred, however, and for some reason, the ducks love to pull at those shreds. The tarp is in tatters.
Dan and I discussed putting another tarp on the shed, but if we can't keep the ducks off (which is doubtful), then the new tarp will have a short lifespan. We don't want to keep replacing tarps every year or so, so a better option would be a permanent roof, preferably metal. But is it worth the time and expense to roof that old outbuilding? That question set off a brand new brainstorming session.
I've been talking about a goat barn for quite awhile now, and we've developed a series of plans for it, starting back in March 2013. Why have none of these come to pass? The old oak tree.
|Random dead branches fall to the ground periodically.|
It's sister tree to the one we took down two years ago. The concern is it (or some of its huge branches) falling where we planned to put the new barn. That tree was on our goal list to tend to this past summer, and Dan went so far as to price having it done. The quote to cut off all the long old branches was $1000. To rent a high-reach to do the job ourselves would have been $1000. It may as well have been $1,000,000.
The need to do something about the goat shed roof pressed the issue. We still don't have the lump sum to tend to that tree, so we got to discussing if there was something we could do with what we've already got. The original building is more of a half shed.
|This photo was taken in early summer 2010. The shed is in|
lots of photos, but I have very few photos of the shed itself.
The current idea under discussion would be to simply add a second half with a new roof and new siding.
|A simple gable barn|
The goats would get the back, I would put the milking room and feed storage in the front right, hay and straw storage would be on the left.
|Rough idea of the floor plan.|
An overhang for a goat loafing area would give the finish it off.
Will it actually happen? None of the others have yet, but this one is the simplest plan so far. That translates to the most doable, and if we don't have to wait on getting those tree limbs down, I think we actually have a chance.
Goat Barn Idea #5 © November 2015 by