This process is not for everyone. To be totally fair, I’m not saying I invented THE DEFINITIVE method for building an A-frame goat shelter, but I’d say I’m probably in the top 5 ever. In fact, this is what you do when you have a death wish. It involves stripping tin off a rotting roof in the sleet and snow. And hauling reclaimed materials across 40 acres of uneven terrain in an undersized wagon. Which is CLEARLY stated as the preferred method in the how-to-build-an-A-frame rulebook. I checked.
Whether you follow The Path or not, this is the path I took to building a semi-portable A-frame goat shelter for our first two Nubian does.
Step 1: Contemplate the frailty of life
Step 2: Stand on the rotted roof of a 40 year old shack and enjoy the view because, let’s face it, you may never see tomorrow
Step 3: Hack away 2 inches of frozen tundra stuck to the top of the roof and toss the tin panels off the roof. In the sleet. And snow. Without falling through a hole.
Step 4: Strip exterior faux brick layer and pull wooden boards off the walls. Oh, and step on a rusty nail. It’s part of the process.
Step 5: Haul wooden boards and panels of tin across the homestead, thus rendering shoulder sockets useless.
Sorry, no picture for this one. I dragged the materials across 40 acres on a small wagon and wore out my shoulder sockets. I honestly don’t know that I remember feeling my shoulder sockets in the past 15 years. I suppose I was in no mood to take a picture of said event.
Step 6: Cut all boards to a standard length for the sides of the A-frame while the boss takes a breather
Step 7: Sit down for a sec to catch. your. bruhZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Step 8: Attach cross beams to 2×4 boards
Step 9: Lean two completed panels against each other to measure base width on both ends. Children must crawl through the new tunnel at least five times to inspect said craftsmanship.
Step 10: Attach beams across the top and bottom of the width of the opening to stabilize the A-frame
Again, no picks. I was probably too focused on chasing the dogs down after stealing my smartphone. This was a less-than-precise step anyway. Where’s Bob Vila when you need him? [did I just date myself?]
Step 11: Attach tin panel to one end and then bend down the other side. Realize afterward that tin snips would have made this process less complicated.
Step 12: Add tin cap piece to to the top to prevent water leaks
Step 13: Skip the whole sensible yet time consuming mobile sled idea and just drag A-frame out to your goat paddock