The original pens that we used for our Nigerian Dwarf 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, and the goats enjoyed being able to see what was going on and interact with each other. However, the welded wire fatigued (from the goats standing and rubbing on it), and eventually one broke while Honey was standing on it and she put the wire through her hoof.
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 3 separate 10′ x 10′ individual stalls. 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 a better design was needed. 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.
We liked this idea so well, we also decided to turn an under-utilized corner below the hay loft into additional pens. The area is about 10′ x 20′, but since it’s under the hay loft, it just got used to store miscellaneous stuff. This area did previously have a concrete floor, so the concrete floor was removed, and plywood sheeting put up around the exterior.