Barn Setup for Lambing Season

We’ll start with the medical room and work back toward the main sheep area at the end:

Medical room.This picture shows the old stall fronts from 4 horse stalls turned into the medical room, medical pen and some of the jug pens. The shelves on the end hold meds and supplies, the feeder on the wall with an old table leaf makes a great table, the pink cooler makes a great stool while trimming hooves, the shear stand is portable and pretty self explanatory.

12×24 area that is the Medical Room with a chute set up into a squeeze stand/tilt table for trimming and giving shots. The scale will sit on the giant board inside the cage. It’s currently getting repaired.

The gate to the right swings out against the wall, utilizing the tilt table as a chute wall and goes into a caged scale at the other end.

Another view of the medical room’s chute system.

“Lamb Alley” where we have 6, 6×5 jug pens for new moms and babies. The entire alley is 12×36. You can see the medical pen and the medical room in the distance (though now it has moved to the other end of lamb alley). The furthest 4 jug pens stay up year round and the nearest 2 jugs get taken down and made into another 12×12 sort pen.

This picture shows the 12×12 medical/social pen (now moved to the other end of lamb alley) for any medical issues the ewes/lambs may have that prevent them from going out with the flock. This pen stays up year round.

Here we have a 12×12 creep pen that get set up immediately after lambing starts (before lambing this is just another sort pen). The “medical/social” pen starts to the left of this pen.

Once the lambing is over, the medical/social pen gets converted into a 12×24 lamb creep area using bar gates. Once weaning occurs those bar gates get replaced by mesh gates and this turns into a sorting/holding pen year round.

There is an open 36×36 area to the rear of the barn that we’ve split into the main sheep area, creep feed pen for the lambs, the medical/social pen and the opening into “lamb alley” where the jug pens are located. This shows the 24×36 main sheep area.

The rest of the barn you can’t see is a 12×48 alley way in front of the horse stall fronts, 2-12×12 horse stalls (still intact), a 12×12 feed room in the process of getting cleaned out, and a 12×12 entryway to the East. Also along the East is a 12×84 overhang with large portions of it becoming a welding area and woodshop.

For info on supplies needed for Lambing Season, please go HERE.

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