We were told about this type of shelter from someone who uses them for cattle on the range in the winter. We needed a way to keep the rain and snow off a feeder in this pen. The little red goat house works well for the goats to get out of the weather, but it is much too small to put their food in. It was built for Nigerian Dwarf goats for a fancy facility down the road. They decided that they wanted something different for their Nigies. Commercial operations have a bit more cash available so that they can change their minds. Being the cheapskate that I am, I said that I would love to have it! The full-size dairy buck that we have doesn't have any problems getting on his knees, crawling inside the little goat house, and turning around. It surprises most people who come to visit that two full sized goats can fit inside.
It took Vet2Be and me about an hour to put this up. It took one wire livestock fence panel, two 5' x 8' tarps, lots of 'farmer's friend' (baling twine), three stakes, and two 4' T-posts. It is erected so that the north wind hits the tarps.
We've used it for over a month now and it keeps the hay out of the weather very well. The goats like stand under it to get out of the sun as well as to stay out of the rain. The only thing we would have done differently is to use two wire panels side by side. It would have made the shelter twice as big.
This is the same type of structure we built for our quick and easy grape arbor (but without the tarps), which worked very well this summer! If I still had little children at home, I would probably put up another one over the sand box in the summer.
I also think it would work well to store wood out of the weather. We use tarps to cover the wood right now, but I think that this would work much better because there would be no tarps sitting on top of the wood pile. If we have time, Vet2Be and I might get around to building one for the wood and then moving the wood-pile. We'll see if there is time before winter hits this weekend.
There is always something more to do!
If you have any other ideas for this type of shelter, I would love to hear them!