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Interesting facts about Alpacas

Written by Outpost Buildings on July 11th, 2017.      0 comments

Alpacas don’t bite or butt and are free of sharp teeth, horns, hooves and claws.

They make great lawnmowers because instead of pulling grass out by the root, they nibble off the top of the plant.
  • Their feet have soft pads which won’t churn up the earth.
  • Baby Alpacas are called Crias (pronounced "Cree-uhz")
  • The gestation period for alpacas is 11 1/2 months - almost a whole year!
  • Alpaca fibre comes in 22 natural colours
  • There are 2 types of alpacas; Suri and Huacaya
  • Suri alpacas have long fibre that looks a bit like dreadlocks - pictured to the right
  • Huacaya alpacas have shorter fibre that looks fuzzy like a teddy bear with tightly bunched curls
  • Alpacas love to have dust baths
  • Alpaca fibre is flame resistant

More information at: 

Pictured below is some alpacas in their Outpost Paddock Shelter with a shed on one end for storing feed. This design is relocatable click here for more information on Livestock Shelter


We'll be at Mystery Creek Fieldays!

Written by Outpost Buildings on May 24th, 2017.      0 comments

See us at Fieldays at Mystery Creek!

Site S11 14-17th June 2017
The Outpost team will be at Fieldays again this year. There will be 4 buildings on display; a Garden Shed, Hen House, Livestock Shelter & Bobby Calf Pen.

If you're thinking about buying a new shed or shelter for your animals then please come & see us to have a look at the quality of our buildings - you'll be impressed with their strength & design!

It was great to met so many lovely people last year at Fieldays, we had a great time & quite a few visits from customers. 

We will be running a WIN a Hen House Competition! Simply come and see us at site S11 at Fieldays to enter your name in the draw.

There will also be some great Fieldays specials on many of our products so don't miss out - come & see us at site S11!

Tips for Calf Rearing

Written by Outpost Buildings on May 5th, 2017.      0 comments

Rearing calves is a great way to make a bit of money on your lifestyle block or farm.

You can usually buy calves from dairy farms or beef cattle farms. Most Dairy farms will have calves available between June & September depending on the climate in their location and their preference.

Calves will cost you somewhere between $80-$150 each depending on the season & breed of the calves you are buying. You can make a profit of approximately $70-$150 per calf at weaning time. There is potential to make more of a profit if you keep beef calves until around 18 months of age, presuming you have raised quality animals.

Here’s some information that will help you decide if you want to rear some calves on your block.





Written by Outpost Buildings on March 9th, 2017.      0 comments

Chickens are affected by dropping temperatures & the change in day light hours during Autumn. Most hens will moult during late summer or early Autumn.

Keeping Warm

Chickens have a natural way of keeping warm and in general, most chickens tend to be cold hardy enough for NZ conditions. Chickens can actually handle the cold of winter better than the heat of summer. They have an instinct to fluff their feathers to keep warm. They also have the natural instinct to roost together.

Some people choose to heat their hen house over winter. Many argue that a heated coop is not only a fire hazard, but also not healthy for chickens. Their bodies may not easily adjust to the drastic temperature change inside and outside of the coop.

Also, remember that heating the coop can increase moisture. Too much moisture inside the coop can cause illness or frostbite to your flock.

We recommend that if you have an Outpost Hen House that you reposition it so that it is facing away from the prevailing wind during the winter months.


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Tips for building a horse stable

Written by Outpost Buildings on February 10th, 2017.      0 comments

Having a stable building for your horses is great and you can include a wide range of spaces designed for uses such as overnight stabling, storing all your gear & feed, wash down areas, float parking or storage, foaling stalls and grooming.

What space do you want?
Consider the size of your stable; how many horses do you intend to stable? How big do you want the stalls to be for each horse. Outpost Stall sizes can be customised to suit your requirements. The most popular stall sizes are 3.5m x 3.5m or 3.5m x 4.2m. These sizes allow plenty of space for your horses to move around and also for you to safely move around in the stall with your horse.
How much storage do you need?
Will you want to store hay and other feed in your stable? It’s a great idea to have a lockable tack room to store all your expensive equipment. Keeping it in your stable building will be handy for when you want to use it as well.


Pictured above is the new Settler Barn with Tack Shed. Click here for more information on this design.



Written by Outpost Buildings on January 26th, 2017.      3 comments

Chickens are great food-munching machines - they will eat almost anything and my hens love a bit of variety in their diet.

But, just because they eat it doesn’t always mean it’s good for them so it's important to know what to give them and what you shouldn’t give them.

It’s great to feed your chickens table scraps. I hate throwing things in the trash, so it seems logical to me that I can feed some of our half-eaten meals to the ladies in the backyard. However, there are some foods that you should not feed to your hens.

Here is a list of the most common foods that you should not feed to your hens.


Not safe for Chickens

  • Potato Peels
  • Raw Potato or green potato
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Candy
  • Avocado skin or pit
  • Dried lentils or beans
  • Uncooked rice
  • Onion
  • Raw Eggs
  • Salty foods
  • No spoiled or mouldy foods

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Chickens should not eat green potatoes or green tomatoes!

Dried beans are known to create very serious illness and even death for chickens.




New Pioneer Barn with Stall and Tackshed

Written by Outpost Buildings on January 11th, 2017.      0 comments


This great new design has room to park your horse float, plenty of tack storage and an undercover stall for your horses.

Overall size: 9m x 7.8m x 4.5m high

This building is supplied in kitset form with all the parts required. They are faster and easier for your builder to assemble with our comprehensive building plans.
Building dimensions:

Barn size: 4.5m x 9m
Tackroom size: 3m x 3m
Stall size: 4.5m x 3m

The barn area is great for storing your horse float or hay and other equipment. Easy to access with a big roller door.

High quality building materials are used such as:
  • Exterior CD grade H3 treated plywood walls with decorative timber battens
  • Your choice of Colorsteel or Zincalume roofing
  • Strong, pre-assembled solid timber doors
  • Colorsteel or Zincalume flashings & gutterings
This design should be built on a concrete foundation.
We can customize this design to suit your requirements.

Call us on 0800 688 767 for more information
Check out our other large stable designs >>

NEW Outpost Matakana Display Buildings Site

Written by Outpost Buildings on January 5th, 2017.      0 comments

Check out our new display site in 533 Matakana Road, Warkworth.

There is a Horse Stable & a Garden Shed on display so you can see the quality our our buildings for yourself!

We don't have any staff at the display site so please call the Outpost Team on 0800 688 767 if you have any questions about our buildings.


How much water do my animals need?

Written by Outpost Buildings on November 17th, 2016.      0 comments

Like with humans, water is the most important requirement for your livestock. But how much can you expect each animal to consume?

A number of factors can affect your livestock’s water consumption, including temperature, diet, pregnancy, lactation and animal weight.
Healthy levels of water consumption ensure that an animal will maintain its body weight, body temperature and overall health. Without enough water they will become dehydrated and malnourished.
The following chart can be used as a guide, but please note that these calculations are approximate only.
Litres of water per head per day
Poultry 100 - 250mls
Sheep 3 to 12 litres
Goat 4 to 10 litres
Alpaca 2 to 12 litres
Deer 6 to 12 litres
Pig 10 to 35 litres
Horse 18 to 45 litres
Beef Cow 30 to 55 litres
Dairy Cow 30 to 75 litres

*The higher numbers represent the amount of water recommended for lactating animals or hot conditions.
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What should I feed my hens?

Written by Outpost Buildings on October 19th, 2016.      0 comments

What do chooks eat?

Kitchen and vegetable garden scraps can be given to chickens everyday, ideally as a supplement to good quality poultry pellets. Weeds also have high nutritional value, but avoid giving them weed types that are unfamiliar to you or that may have had pesticide added. Potato skins are poisonous to hens so don’t feed them raw potato or potato peels.

Chickens are not vegetarians. They love eating meat. Chooks will forage for insects, slugs and worms and they will strip the meat off bones, catch mice and eat dinner meat leftovers to get their protein.

Pellets are an efficient, cost effective food source which are easy for birds to pick up and swallow. When buying pellets remember that cheaper feed with lower levels of crude protein will not give your hens what they need to be top producers. Commercial poultry feed has a shelf life of around 12 weeks, so keep it fresh. Try not to use different feed brands, or you could upset their laying routine.


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A testimonial from Susan who has 5 Outpost buildings!

Written by Outpost Buildings on October 4th, 2016.      0 comments

"Outpost Sheds make a real statement on our property. Over the years we have purchased 5 buildings, one being for calves and the other 4 for alpacas.

We always use the permanent green roofing as it blends in with the surroundings and I think it has a calming effect on stock  (and also us humans). The latest shed has a tack room which is ideal for holding hay as it is at the back of the property and I don't have to carry feed across the paddocks. Delivery from Timaru is always prompt and without hassles and the assembly instructions are so precise that even a child ( or maybe a teenager ) could follow them for construction.

Visitors to the farm always comment on the sheds and I must say they look very appealing to the eye and make the place look tidy.
Click here to see more information on this building


The alpacas go in for shelter and I can feed them in there out of the rain saving on feed which they won't eat if it gets wet.

On my other sheds  I can shut the gate on one side of shed to keep mum and cria dry and warm during inclement weather and at birthing time.

The fact they can be moved if you don't get it right first time is a bonus.

The staff at Outpost are very cooperative and helpful and always available if you have any questions re delivery or assembly.

If we ever need a shed or shelter for chooks, calves, alpacas or in fact any stock  Outpost would be my first option their sheds are built to last and last.



Click here to see more information on the Upland Shelters pictured here

Sunflower Seeds Competition

Written by Outpost Buildings on September 5th, 2016.      0 comments

Sunflower Seeds are a healthy treat for your hens. We have 10 bags to give away so you can grow your own sunflowers & harvest the seeds for your hens!

Click here to Enter

Grow your own beautiful Sunflowers this summer & then harvest the seeds to feed to your hens.

The Best Herbs For Chickens To Eat

Written by Outpost Buildings on August 24th, 2016.      0 comments

There’s some good reasons why herbs are a good for your hens.

When it comes to our chickens and their eggs, it’s important that we keep our feathery friends happy and healthy and avoid costly vet bills.
There are great reasons for using herbs to aid chicken health, such as preventing illness in your flock, repel insects and calm your hens if they are stressed or upset. You can also use herbs to promote better laying and to get your hens to lay in their nests, if they don’t already do that.
So, lets get into the best herbs for chickens to eat and how to use them!



Choose The Right Floor For Your Horse Stable

Written by Outpost Buildings on August 19th, 2016.      0 comments


When building a new stable or stalls for horses, what they will be standing on is a very important consideration. 

Horses that are kept in have to stand still on whatever is on their stall floor for long periods of time, which can be hard on their legs. For this reason, from a leg health perspective, flooring needs to be chosen carefully. 

Maintenance is another factor. The upkeep of some types of flooring is easier than others. The type of floor you will choose for your new stable will depend on the existing natural soil, what materials are available to you, and your budget. Here's a look at the types of flooring found in horse's stables.



Great Idea: DIY Old Tyre Chicken Dust Bath

Written by Outpost Buildings on August 11th, 2016.      0 comments

DIY Old Tyre Chicken Dust Bath

Do your chickens have a dust bath? This great idea gives your girls a place to have a dust bath and keep themselves healthy. It's easy to make these diy old tyre chicken dust baths.

This is a super cheap project you can pick up old tyres for free, if you do not have any. You may need to purchase one or two of the other materials but they are not expensive at all. Grab wood ash from your wood stove or fire and remove any large charcoal chunks.

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • old tyres
  • wood ash
  • sand
  • soil
  • food grade diatomaceous earth
  • shovel
  • paint (optional)
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