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7 Free DIY Goat Shelter Plans You Can Make Today

Last Updated on August 4, 2020

The Little Frugal House

Providing adequate shelter for your goats is important to keep them happy and healthy. Even if you live in a climate that doesn’t see snow, there will be times when it is raining and/or cold. When it is sunny and hot, it is nice to provide a shady area to cool off.

This list of seven goat shelter plans is available to help you get started building one today. Read through the list to gather information and inspiration to build a shelter for your goats.

1. Goat Shelter Plans by Construct 101

Goat Shelter Plans by Construct 101

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Construct 101 offers plans to build a simple goat shelter that has storage on one side, with the other side dedicated for the goats. The shelter is 14 feet by 10 feet, with a tapered roof. The plans include a free PDF download, as well as step-by-step instructions with drawings that are easy to follow. When you finish this shelter, your goats will be comfy and happy in their new home.

Skill level: Intermediate

Materials: Multiple sizes of lumber, plywood, exterior siding, metal roofing, deck screws, galvanized nails, finishing nails, door hardware, and roofing panel screws

Tools: Miter saw, tape measure, drill with bits, and hammer


2. Pygmy Goat Pallet House by Starving the Monkeys

Pygmy Goat Pallet House by Starving the Monkeys

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For a small shelter ideal for pygmy goats, Starving the Monkeys shows you how to make this DIY house. It is made with three standard pallets that form the floor and the walls, then you use six more pallets for finishing the house. This is an easy project that doesn’t require that much building confidence, so it is ideal for beginners. You can paint or stain the house once finished to add color to your farm.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: Pallets, drywall screws, and deck screws

Tools: Power screwdriver, hand saw, and measuring tape


3. Easy Wood Pallet Shelter by All Pet Care

 

Easy Wood Pallet Shelter by All Pet Care

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All Pet Care shows you how to make a simple goat shelter by using wood pallets that you can typically find for free or at an affordable price. You will want to find pallets that are in good shape because they constitute most of the shelter. The roof is made of plywood and covered with corrugated metal. You can easily build this shelter in one day.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: Five pallets, plywood, wooden boards, metal hinges, L-shaped brackets, and waterproof paint

Tools: Screwdriver, screws, saw, measuring tape, sandpaper, and paintbrush


4. Goat Playhouse and Shelter From The Little Frugal House

The Little Frugal House's Goat Playhouse and Shelter From

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This goat shelter also functions as a playhouse, and The Little Frugal House blog shows you how to make one. Goats love to play, so this is a great structure because you can accomplish two projects in one. The sides are made from pallets and the roof and ladder from other pieces of lumber. You don’t have to spend that much money to create a cozy little house.

Skill level: Beginner

Supplies: Two pallets, lumber, and screws

Tools: Hand saw, measure tape, and electric screwdriver


5. Building Shelter for Goats by Mike’s Backyard Nursery

Building Shelter for Goats by Mike’s Backyard Nursery

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Mike’s Backyard Nursery shows you how to make a shelter that is a great size for your goats to protect them from the elements. The inside measurement is approximately 8 by 8 feet. This is a project for those who have more building experience under their belt. However, it is not a complicated plan, and there’s a YouTube video that shows how to build it.

Skill level: Beginner to intermediate

Supplies: Variety of lumber, four by eight-foot posts, purlins, siding, screws, OSB sheathing, and shingles

Tools: Post hole digger, drill and bits, measure tape, and miter saw


6. Loafing Shed From My Outdoor Plans

My Outdoor Plans' Loafing Shed

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This loafing shed from My Outdoor Plans is a great option for a goat shelter. This is an ideal size if you have many goats because it is a larger shed. However, you can customize it to fit your needs and even make the roof lower, since goats aren’t as large as other livestock. These are simple plans, but it may take longer to build because of the size of the shed.

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced

Materials: Variety of lumber, siding, screws, brad nails, and lag bolts

Tools: Hammer, tape measure, framing square, level, miter saw, drill, screwdriver, sander, safety gloves, and safety glasses


7. Easy Goat Shelter Plans by My Outdoor Plans

Easy Goat Shelter Plans by My Outdoor Plans

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My Outdoor Plans offers a smaller shelter that provides more protection from the elements. You could easily build a door if you want to safeguard against predators. The given size of this shelter is 8 x 10 feet, but it’s customizable to your preferences.

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced

Materials: Variety of lumber, roofing sheets, screws, plywood, brad nails, tar paper, asphalt shingles, wood glue, stain/paint, and wood filler

Tools: Hammer, tape measure, framing square, level, miter saw, drill machinery, screwdriver, sander, paintbrush, safety gloves, and safety glasses


Conclusion

This list of seven DIY goat shelters features a variety of styles and shapes. Some are more suited for large herds, while others are only meant to house one goat at a time. You can also pick from different skill levels, so you can find one that you feel confident to build. Finding one that fits your budget is important too.

Your goats will fare better when they have adequate shelter from the elements. Also, you will find that many of the plans can be built in one day or over the weekend.

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About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!