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My tremendously supportive husband & I have 3 wonderful children, 1 dog, 12 laying hens, 2 dairy goats, 3 bee hives, and a 2000 sq foot vegetable garden on a small 1/4 acre lot in the city. In the center of it all is our small 1,000 sq foot house purchased in 2008 as a foreclosure that we fully renovated to host our growing family, home school adventures, and small home business (CozyLeaf.com). We have a desire to learn a path to self sufficiency finding ways to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. We want to learn to live with less as we laydown roots to our little homestead.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Our Backyard Goat Barn

This is our goat barn for our 2 Nigerian Dwarf Goats. We got this box at a surplus sale for $2 and then the rest of the goat barn just took shape around that with leftover scrap materials from our garage and fence, we did have to buy hinges and latches but found those at a Habitat ReStore for just a couple dollars.
We put the box up on cinder blocks to keep it away from direct contact with the soil.

The gate used to be the side gate to our yard, but we took it down to put up a privacy fence so we had this to use for our goat barn!

The fencing we have been saving for about 5 years from a previous garden so we were finally able to put that to use and it fit perfectly around the front and side of the goat barn.
Originally we didnt want to fence off the goat barn, but wanted the goats to have full access to the yard...we hope to get to that point someday. BUT when we first brought the goats home they were so lost wandering around our yard, so we put up the fence to help teach them where there home is and to get comfortable with their barn. The fence has also proved to be very beneficial not only for keeping the goats in if we need to, but for keeping the kids & dog out! We leave it open all day for the goats to have access to the yard, but when the sun goes down and we tuck all the animals in for the night, then we shut the gate and let them have their own area!

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