Daytime Hoop house for the goats

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  1. boerboy

    boerboy Beginner Part-time Farmer

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    Our nine goats have 400 sqft in the shed. 100 sqft goes to hay storage and such.
    Expecting 10 kids so made a daytime hoop house away from shed.

    There is a lot of mistakes in it that I realize now. But this is a makeshift experiment. Costed less than $200. 12' x 40'.

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    Interesting. What's it covered with?
     
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    My concern would be that those little stinkers will cavort and poke holes in the sides
     
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  4. boerboy

    boerboy Beginner Part-time Farmer

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    Greenhouse plastic
     
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  5. boerboy

    boerboy Beginner Part-time Farmer

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    Of course... There is hot wire all around the side wall. Otherwise they will rub on it and tear them in couple of days...

    If you zoom in you might see it.
     
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  6. Bearfootfarm

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    I was more impressed with that retaining wall.
     
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  7. boerboy

    boerboy Beginner Part-time Farmer

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    The hoop house is temporary. That is why I used tposts to anchor the ribs. Eventually we will put a barn in this spot. There is too much slope so I need to level the ground. So when I had to build retaining wall in another spot we planned and did three walls.

    We used concrete blocks that are 2' W x 2' H x 6' L. Each block is 3600# heavy.

    Total 150 feet long, 4 feet tall, 2 feet thick. Costed $8500. Two days. Two truck loads of drain rock.
     
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  8. stockdogcompany

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    what schedule, diameter, and length are the pvc hoops?
     
  9. boerboy

    boerboy Beginner Part-time Farmer

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    Sch-40 1.5" diameter 20' long PVC

    Caution: The pipes will last only couple of years. Winter temperatures will make them brittle.
     
  10. boerboy

    boerboy Beginner Part-time Farmer

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    Few more better pictures of the interior...

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    Hot wire all around the sides to prevent the goats from damaging the plastic
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    T-post anchors. 2"x6" attached to t-posts using plumbers tape.
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    Daytime feeding...
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  11. boerboy

    boerboy Beginner Part-time Farmer

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    The hoop house survived the high winds and an inch of snow early this week. I knocked off the snow using a broom from inside before it became ice....

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  12. boerboy

    boerboy Beginner Part-time Farmer

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    Serves intended purpose so far. For $200 the herd gets 500 sqft of super ventilated space, for couple if years, heated by sunlight... Breaking down and composting the material on floor faster.

    See through view from outside
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    The idea was stolen from a much bigger scale implementation. Link below.
    http://sugarmtnfarm.com/2015/03/04/greenhouse-in-use-stocking-density/
     
  13. spud

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    This feeder looks like it might help keep hay waste down.
     
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  14. boerboy

    boerboy Beginner Part-time Farmer

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    Thank you

    It won't work for me. All the kids will go inside, poop, pee, and sleep. I had tried a smaller version of this.

    If you have only adult goats then it will work.
     
  15. spud

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    He put a peaked boards inside the box, says goats don't like it cause they slide to the edge, didn't know if you seen that.
     
  16. C5 Alabama

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    That looks like a great idea. I’ve been trying to keep down hay waste.
     
  17. boerboy

    boerboy Beginner Part-time Farmer

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    Spud, is it you in the video? :)
     
  18. spud

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    No, I wish, that dude has got the coolest looking goats. Love the horns, man he has some real dedication to his way of life.
     
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