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jo1991

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Posted - 01/18/2010 :  12:19:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit jo1991's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It will still be some time....but I am working on drawing up a new llama barn for our farm.

Input from everyone on what you like, don't like, wish you had, wish you really really had, what you would love to have, etc in your barns....This would be a barn to house around 15-20 females - no males - as they would get to acquire the current barn for themselves.

I love looking at photos of llama barns and their interiors, so if there is somewhere to share photos that someone knows of - I would love to see lots of llama barn setups.

Look forward to hearing everyones thoughts!!!

Lisa Croslow
Sandy Lane Llamas
Lawrenceville, IL
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llamapyr

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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  8:30:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit llamapyr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great topic! I too love barns...really wish I could design one for my farm!! Some things I would impliment personally...

~automatic waterers
~movable panels (so you can change barn layout if needed)
~open space for a chute
~aisle-way (enclosed on 2 sides) for a scale (so you can herd animals onto the scale)
~rough concrete barn floor that gently slopes out of the barn
~overhangs outside of each door (like a porch), with concrete floors
~concrete that extends outside of the barn and around an outdoor hay feeder
~lots of doors to various pastures
~plastic strips over the doors
~vet/medical room that can be completely isolated and heated/air conditioned if needed, with pasture access (and a drain inside)
~creep feeder/catch pen

Don't have any pictures to share...my barn is less than ideal, but we've made it work for 6 years now. Overall, the biggest thing I wish I had was more (and smaller) pastures in which to separate my herd, all with barn access. It's hard to separate young/old males, moms and crias, and thin/fat animals with 3 pastures!

Emaly Leak
Autumn Hill Llamas & Fiber
Fairland, IN
www.autumnhillllamas.com
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jo1991

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Posted - 01/24/2010 :  7:15:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit jo1991's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dream size....60 wide x 48 deep with 12 ft overhang sections on both sides, extremely open concept inside with office/storeroom, wash bay/grooming area - however, in my drawing I am really needing to have the sick bay and wash/groom area to be interchangeable....so that is what I am trying to come with an idea for that.......?????

Lisa Croslow
Sandy Lane Llamas
Lawrenceville, Il
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llamapyr

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Posted - 01/27/2010 :  10:31:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit llamapyr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow...sounds nice! I don't know why the wash/groom area and sick room couldn't be interchangeable. For both I invision a single stall (completely isolated and able to be enclosed) that opens into a small pasture. That way you could use it for a sick animal, or for a clean one after it has been groomed and washed for a show. You could also use the stall to wash if the weather were bad or cold (if you heat it up a little). Good luck with your designs!

Emaly Leak
Autumn Hill Llamas & Fiber
Fairland, IN
www.autumnhillllamas.com
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joeykatp

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Posted - 01/18/2011 :  9:16:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Make sure that the places you most want your open doors is on the leeward side of the barn. When it's really cold and windy here in the north, I close most of the doors and leave a few open about the width of an animal. Even with this situation, the last blizzard left snow in the middle of my barn! The sliding doors are just great!
Automatic waterers are a must. It was well worth the labor of digging the 4-5 foot trenches. I put in three that could be used between pens if the gates are configured with pens on either side or can be used in one big pen depending on your needs. I made the vet/warming/cooling/office room, but really haven't had to use it yet. My barn is 26 X 48 with three possible pens on the left and two possible (and office) on the right. I also put in water pumps inside and outside the barn so I could get water for my cats and chickens, but they've learned to drink out of the waterers.

Kathy & Joe Paternoster
Our Father's Farm
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