We built these new configurable goat pens because we needed stronger pens and the ability to reconfigure as the needs of our growing Nigerian Dwarf goat herd changed over the year.
Why New Stronger and Configurable Goat Pens?
The original pens that we used for our goats were actually horse stalls that had solid walls. However, we found that goats are social creatures, and they much preferred walls that they could see each other through.
So, we had the inner walls of the horse stalls replaced with 2″ x 4″ woven wire. After that change, the goats enjoyed being able to see what was going on and interact with each other. However, the woven wire fatigued (from the goats standing and rubbing on it), and eventually one broke while Honey was standing on it. The wire went through her hoof. Fortunately, we were in the barn when it happened.
In addition to breaking, the woven wire stall dividers provided no way to re-configure the stalls as needs and changes in the herd dictated. We were stuck with three separate 10′ x 10′ individual stalls. Separate stalls were fine during kidding season (spring for us), but the rest of the year we prefer larger pens.
The photo below shows one of the woven wire stall dividers.
Since we couldn’t have goats putting wire through their hooves (Honey did recover without incident), it was obvious that a better design was needed.
The New Pen Design
This time, we installed powder-coated 2″ x 2″ steel mesh panels that are very strong and durable. And, we had small gates built into the panels so that the pens could be opened up, or closed off as needs changed.
The photo below shows the new panel with the gate on the right side closed.
The photo below demonstrates how the gate can be opened, and there’s a latch so that it folds back on itself and can be permanently held open.
So, now we can have three 10′ x 10′ stalls, or one 10′ x 10′ and one 10′ x 20′, or one 10′ x 30′ stall. Whatever works best for the herd situation.
Plus, New Goat Pens
We liked these steel mesh panels with gates so well, we also decided to turn an under-utilized corner below the hayloft into additional pens. The area is about 10′ x 20′, but since it’s under the hayloft, it was only used to store miscellaneous stuff.
This area did previously have a concrete floor, so we removed the concrete floor and added plywood sheeting around the exterior walls (to prevent drafts).
Some new LED lighting fixtures brightened up this previously dark corner.
The steel mesh panels fit right in place, and again there’s a gate in the interior panel so that area can be separated into two pens or opened up for one larger pen.
Add a few pine chips for bedding, and we’ve got two beautiful new pens for holding more Nigerian Dwarf goats! If you’re interested in getting Nigerian Dwarf goats, see my guide: Choosing Your First Nigerian Dwarf goats!