Goats are highly adapted to a
variety of terrains and extreme weather without help from
humans. However, maintenance of dairy goats for them to produce
good milk requires minimizing the stresses brought by excessive
heat and cold, wind and humidity. Goat shelter plans must be
able to integrate all these protective roles.
Goat shelter plans are better if constructed from wood because
metal and stone materials tend to accumulate water, resulting to
the possible development of humidity-related
goat diseases. Open
buildings are perfect as long as they are high enough and do not
cause strong drafts. Shelters are nearly required when
temperature reach levels below 5 degrees Celsius. Goat shelter
plans must also have efficient air vents to prevent the buildup
of ammonia from the decay of bedding, feces and urine.
Insulation is further necessary on the floors because goats tend
to lie against cold ground, which often results to colds.
Goat shelter plans must also protect from extremely hot
temperatures. Goats tend to seek relief when temperature rises
above 32 degrees Celsius. Goats with horns or those from
tropical regions can adapt better and experience less stress.
Shelters in hot climates must provide good insulation and a lot
of airflow through open walls. Trees are perfect coolers and
straws or haystack as roofing can provide an insulated shade.
Metal roofs may also be possible if they are painted with
sunlight reflecting white paint. In some countries, roofs are
covered in soil, which are perfect insulators. But they grow
grass and can invite goats to feed on the roof.
Goats must be provided with adequate space for them to enjoy
exercise. Fence problems may be less of a trouble is there is
enough space and plenty of fresh feed. Fences must allow for
maximum air circulation during hot weather but must also provide
some form of protection during the cold months. Posts are never
1.5 meter apart. The bottom must also be lined to stop kids from
crawling from beneath. Chicken wire, barbed wire, and turkey
wire can invite trapped heads or horns. Vertical wood columns or
bamboo pieces can also cause animals to get stuck.
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