Phew. It’s been a slog. I’m happy to report that this huge project is about 95% complete as of November 30.
This weekend we finished shrink wrapping the exterior, raked up all the gravel inside for a future drainage pipe project, fenced it in and started moving the creatures in.
We split the inside into 3rds. The front third will be for a small stash of hay, grain buckets, our rabbits, and my milking stand. On the left side is the goats, and on the right side is the pigs.
The goat side is a little cramped currently, as we still have 5 goats to butcher next week. The pig side is pretty empty, as we only have 2 8-week old barrows in there. I’m slowly weaning the piglets off Meg so she doesn’t come down with mastitis. Mid-week I’ll move the other 2 piglets and our boar, and move Meg in with our other boar. She will stay with him until January when we butcher the boar she is with, and then she will move into the round barn with the other pigs.
Later this week I will start moving the rabbits into the round barn.
I’m so thrilled to have nice, warm, well-lit housing for the animals this winter. My husband is amazing, and this would never have been possible without his mad scientist genius.
Last weekend, Zach and I cut the rest of the poles we needed to finish the barn roof, put the tipi up, and got about half of the roof poles put up.
We are using a draw knife to shave the top half of each pole so there aren’t any branch subs to poke through the plastic, and Zach cross cut the bottom of each pole to rest securely on the cattle panel, and then each one got lashed into place.
We get a lot of wind here in the winter, so the whole thing needs to be wind and snow proof. Hence the steep angle of the roof, we want the snow top just sliiiiiide right off so we don’t have to take the roof in middle of the night if we get hit with a severe snowstorm.
Next weekend I think we’ll finish the poles and wrap the whole thing in boat shrink wrap. The gate and a section of the roof will be open though so it gets plenty of air flow. One of the worst things you can do for livestock is keep them in an unventilated living space.
Fern gives it her seal of approval.
Now that Pip’s birthday is over, Zachary and I are working full steam ahead on our winter barn for the goats, pigs and rabbits. We got the rest of the posts pounded in this morning, peeled some cedar logs for the doorway, got those set into the ground, and now we are attaching the fencing panels.
My husband is a man with a vision, I can’t wait to see it come to life.