It’s been a long week in more ways than one. I’m not going into all the details just yet. There is a quite a bit that has been happening.
One non-stop issue was the rain and snow that kept showing up.
Despite that we managed to get 3 walls of this horrible shed kit built. This kit is the poster child for the phrase “you get what you pay for”. I will be making my own improvements to it.
Right after we installed the first roof rafter, the sky opened up and we were rushing to get everything put away. Unfortunately we had no tarp or anything to cover the shed and snow/slush piled up on the inside.
After the roof is on and the doors are held open to help dry it out:
After the coop is finished, I will be adding a window to either side of the shed for more light and ventilation.
Before anyone has a fit, we know the enclosure is way too small. We had to get them out of the living room and the dog crate they were living in. Trust me, they’re loving it so far. After the coop is finished, we will put up fencing that will cover a much larger area. It will go 10 feet behind the goat shed and about 150 feet to up by our road. Half of it is small trees and underbrush, so there will be a lot of browsing material for them.
I did get a slight start. I turned around and one had her front leg and head out one of the larger openings near the upper part of the fence. I didn’t think they could reach it very well. Lesson learned: Never underestimate a determined goat. We will be adding hardware cloth to the panels later, so they can’t get through it.
We left them in the pen all afternoon yesterday and planned on letting them stay out there overnight as well. However, the smaller goat decided she didn’t want to drink her bottle. DD3 managed to get her to drink half, but she refused to touch it after that. We brought them back inside for the night, so I could make sure nothing was wrong.
I assumed she filled up on grasses, leaves and twigs. I bought these from a friend. I have no desire to call my friend up and say, “Hi, I killed off one of your kids (goats).” Better safe than sorry. This morning she drank almost a full bottle. She left about an inch, so I feel a bit better, but we’re going to keep an eye on her.
Time to take them back out and, hopefully, they will stay out this time. My living room is smelling a bit “barny”.