Way back in January during the winter that wasn't, we started fencing a new pasture / browse area for our does. We were able to finish the fencing and get the goats out into their new area in early April so they could enjoy the blackberries, alder bushes, weeds and grass that were beginning to spring up everywhere. You can read about our fencing adventures here if you like: http://intermittentfarmreport.blogspot.com/search/label/fencing
We also needed to provided housing. We debated back and forth about refurbishing an old shed or building a shiny new goat shed in our back yard near our deck. We chose the shiny new shed near the deck.
|Start of construction with kids helping.|
The goat shed has a wrap-around deck and half of it has a floor. It is currently a summer barn so it is pretty open. If we use it for winter we will enclose it a bit more. It is also small. Hopefully it will help keep our herd from over-expanding. Yeah, right!
|Front of the completed shed.|
|Rear view. There is a goat-door that will eventually open out to another |
section of pasture.
|The milkers are checking out their new accomodations.|
|Our herd queen has appropriated the deck.|
We enjoy having our goats close by so we can observe them. Too bad there are not any in this picture. We often sit on our front porch and goat watch. Now we can sit on our deck and watch goats too. We can also see our new little barn from the kitchen window and the upstairs window. The other goat barn is right outside the front door and bedroom window. I think there is a theme developing here.