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Inside: How to build a goat house using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats. Want more information about Raising Goats? <== Check them out!

How to build a “goat house” using wood pallets

Goats are a wonderful addition to a family! We appreciate them so much! But it was time to build them a sufficient goat shelter for winter. 

To answer the question, “Do goats need shelter in the winter”, yes, they do. Especially in our cold, snowy and windy climate. They do need protection from the elements as much as possible. 

This summer, I spent some time building some goat shelters they could tuck into during the long, cold, deep winter drift days of Montana. Here is the outcome. They snuggle in and are quite happy!

AND these are so simple to build!

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Here are several reasons I like these goat shelters:

  1. Pallets, at least around here, are easy to find and are free.
  2. They are so very easy to make!
  3. Their “floor” is the ground, which means that all of the moisture from the poop and urine is soaking into the ground and not rotting a good piece of plywood. (I bet the earthworms are having a hay day under our goat houses!)
  4. They are small (compared to a barn) and the body heat from the animals keep it relatively warm.
  5. They can be moved and relocated if needed.
  6. They effectively provide shelter from the wind, rain, snow, and elements.
  7. I plan to reuse old rain gutters on the side. This will accomplish two things: keeping the runoff from hitting the sides and it will drain into a water trough that will give our goats and chickens another option of fresh water to drink.

 

How to build a goat shelter using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

3 pallets screwed together to make the frame of the goat house

 

Materials needed:

• 3 pallets

• 3 2×4’s from a torn apart pallet

• Screws

• Roofing Material

• More pallet boards to enclose the sides so wind can’t get through

One pallet is standing so it is at its tallest and the other two pallets are on their sides. The pallets are then screwed together. A 2×4 is screwed to the bottom, front to hold it all together. The roofing material chosen is then screwed to the top.

 

 

How to build a goat shelter using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

Goat shelter with roof added

 

 

 

As you can see in this next picture, I enclosed the sides with more boards:

How to build a goat shelter using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

Boards screwed to sides to close up the pallets walls

 

And I added a pallet on the front to help block the wind.

How to build a goat shelter using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

(Yes! I’ve found eggs nestled into the corners of the shelters from time to time!)

 

This is a frame of another pallet shelter:

How to build a goat shelter using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

Pallet shelter frame

How to build a goat shelter using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

Goat house with added patio to the side 🙂

 

I framed in a “porch” on two of the shelters I made. So they can get out of the sun but be cooler in the breeze in the summer months:

How to build a goat shelter using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

All ready for winter!

 

Again, on these pallet goat houses, I added a pallet on the front to block the wind more.

How to build a goat shelter using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

Pallet paradise

How to build a goat shelter using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

This size comfortably allows two goats to snuggle up together. Although after getting our buck, they all snuggle up together in one shelter. 

 

And I also screwed boards onto the outside walls to block more of the wind

How to build a goat shelter using pallets. An easy and cost effective way to use easy to find material to make great winter shelters for your goats.

Happy Goats!

Happy goats in the Montana winter!

There are so many good ideas on how to make a goat shelter! For me, especially considering cost, these work best for us because we can always pick up free pallets in our area. And for these shelters, we had the roofing material given to us for free after a porch on a house was torn off. So really, I only paid for some screws. That works for me!

What goat housing has worked best for you?

You may also want to check out this post on the goat feeder I built using pallet boards as well!

I also realized that this shelter wasn’t big enough for my family of goats in the spring. So I built a double sized goat shelter <=== Check it out and let me know what you think!

This Pinterest board has more ideas to get you thinking about goat houses for your goats: more goat house ideas

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A simple and effective pallet goat shelter that is large enough to hold more than two or three goats. It will keep off the rain, snow and cold!
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Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

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