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Finishing Touches for the Buck Barn

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The billy boys have moved into their new home! 
The bucks have an enclosed shelter, and Dan and
I have a covered area to work in and store things.

Things moved along pretty quickly once the rain catchment was in place. Here are the details on what it’s taken to get it ready for the boys.

Grain feeders. Dan had been feeding them from pans on the ground, but they have a bad habit of running through them and knocking them over to see if the other goat got something better in his pan. The girls’ feeder set-up works well, so Dan did something similar for the boys. 

Hay feeder. This one is also similar to the girls’, except Dan made it one sided instead of double-sided.
The tray at the bottom catches the waste.

It’s very easy to fill from the people side.

Jonah demonstrates how to use it.

Fencing. The last thing was the fence. We used part of the chicken yard for the new buck barn and yard, so we needed to fence it in.
Meowy eyeing the shelter roof from the post.

The line of t-posts was in place from an older edition of the chicken
yard. To simplify things, Dan used another t-post for corner bracing.

The other side. The rain tank is off limits, but the clean-out plug wasn’t.
Of course, somebody had to rub on it, so Dan
used a bit of cattle panel to fence it off too.

View from the back, where the gate opens to pasture.

The boys’ first inspection was, “well, this is nice, but can we go home now?” That only lasted a couple of days.
The only thing left to do is to paint the rain tank to protect the water from algae growth. That will happen soon, since the weather is starting to warm up. We also need to do re-do the chickens yard to give direct access to the little buck barn; currently we have to walk through the chicken yard to get there. That will be changed. Also, we’ll expand the chicken yard in another direction to make up for the ground they lost.
We planned to use the overhang for grain and hay storage, but right now we’re observing rain and drainage patterns to make sure there aren’t any problems with that. Other than that, having their housing closer makes it so much easier to do chores!


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