Monday, May 08, 2006

Goat shelter

As requested, here's a photo of our first completed goat shelter:

It's not much, but the goats won't need much in our climate. We'll have something a little more sheltered by the time cold weather arrives. This will let them get out of the rain and wind for now.

We're nearly done with shelter #2. It just needs a little more corrugated metal on the roof, a coat of paint, and a couple of eye bolts for dragging it around.

Too bad nobody was around with a camera to witness Lori and me dragging it out to the pasture. Who needs draft animals?

Speaking of beasts of burden, we're getting a donkey. No really! Not as a draft animal, as a livestock guardian. We'll be getting Jinx within a couple weeks. We debated the merits of a dog, a llama, a donkey, and crossed fingers. We eventually landed on donkey. Donkeys don't always turn out to be great livestock guardians, but they're easier to keep fed than a dog, and they'll sound an alarm better than a llama. They're also generally good around kids. Since we know there are coyotes in the area, we decided the crossing of fingers might not be sufficient. We're educating ourselves as much as we can, but are we making the right choice? Time will tell. If not, at least we've got a pasture pal for the goats, a little less mowing and a little more fertilizer.

Lori's also almost completed a stanchion for milking. And we've got a first aid kit, and a crateful of other tools and supplies.

Now all we need are the goats!

(Wait, why goats again? I'll get to that tomorrow...)


At 5/09/2006 5:26 AM, Blogger Morgan said...

I am impressed to say the least. Take lots of photos! Donkeys are fun and well they can be asses! They do make good stable companions we had them with horses.

At 5/09/2006 1:14 PM, Blogger Suzer said...

Donkeys and goats are both very friendly animals, your kids will love riding the donkey around! Good luck, the shelters look great. Your wife did a great job!


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