Here’s how to house your goats for practically free – in a wood pallet goat house!
Wood pallets are a popular building material around the homestead – and for good reason: they’re sturdy, durable, and cheap – often free! Their shape makes them ideal for building all sorts of small pens for animal housing – and they’re perfect for goat-sized animals.
Growing up on the homestead, we always built our goat houses out of pallets – and they were very similar to the example shown in the video below. I built or re-built several myself when I was about 13 or 14, so I can tell you first-hand that this is just about the easiest way to build a goat house that you can imagine!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when building your goat house, courtesy of WeedEmAndReap.com:
Where to find the best pallets:
You can get free pallets from individuals or businesses that give them away after they’re done with them. You may already have a source for good pallets, but if not go on Craigslist, Offer Up, Recycler, or Facebook classifieds and see who’s giving them away. If you want all pallets to all have a similar weathered look or new look, you might have to go a couple of places to make sure they match. Be patient, you might have to wait a week or two to get what you want.
Once you find your pallets, you’ll have to decide if you need to close the gaps. When altering your pallets, you have two options:
Leave gaps – This way your goat house will provide good shade, but also allow air to flow through so that the goats have a nice, ventilated shelter. Unfortunately, this is only a good option in warmer climates.
Close gaps – You can close the gaps in your pallets by filling each space with 1×3’s. The only downside is that this takes more time to do. As an added measure, you can close the gaps on both sides of the pallet and then fill the inside with straw for insulation. This will provide a snug, warm place for your goats to sleep in colder climates.
Here’s an example of building a simple goat house out of pallets: