Monday, November 5, 2007


Here at Milehaus, we like to use a simple, inexpensive shelter for the animals. 100 Mile House is in the heart of log home building country so we are able to pick up log home slabs for free to use as siding. A friend of ours has a portable sawmill and is able to make 2x4's from our own trees. Poles are cut from the beetle killed pine trees on our farm. We use our old heavy duty hay tarp cut in to pieces to line the inside of the shelters to block out any wind. Next year we will buy green metal roofing for the top. This shelter also doubles as a catch pen as the paddock gate can swing in. This is one of the smaller shelters and is used for our male alpaca who shares a pen with two Shetland wethers.

In September, our son Dan came up to the farm for a few days to help Dennis with the framing of the 9' X 20' alpaca girls shelter.

We have just finished this larger shelter. The above picture is the inside of the new alpaca shelter. We left the rock there as it makes a good seat to sit on while visiting with the alpacas. We have built this shelter with two doorways as the alpacas do not like to feel closed in.

Sable the alpaca is happy with her new shelter.


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Those slabs make very handsome siding! I just had a thought (since they are free). It wouldn't be as pretty, but if you alternated them round side in, round side out, the tapered edges would overlap and make a more wind-tight shelter....

Franna said...

I'm glad to hear there's a bit of a silver lining to the beetle killed trees. Very nice looking shelters... and free is a great price. :-)
- Franna