Well, the first project of the new year is installed. I built a hay feeder for Brandy and Jessie. Yippee!
I had been using hay bags and they were a pain to take down, fill, and hang every day. They were also falling apart. Their only asset was I had hay in two places. Brandy never shares nicely, but she can’t be in two places at once – ha!
I have a multi-level shed for the animals, with the upper and lower parts divided by a short wall and wire fencing. The upper area is part chicken coop, part goat area – basically, accessible to everyone but Doink. The step is too tall and he’s too fat to fit through the opening. (Sometimes you just need to get away from the pig 🙂 ) Still, he can look in, and frequently does to see what he’s missing. The “goat lofts” in the lower part of the shed back up to this wall and give Jessie and Brandy a nice place to nap, chew cud, and chill out. I’ve moved them around more than once and this setup seems to work best.
It wasn’t warm, in the high 30s, and when I started it wasn’t even sunny. But I COULD NOT STAY IN THE HOUSE ONE MORE MINUTE. I was going stir crazy. I was losing my mind. I wanted to be outside. So I went to Home Depot, bought a couple of 2x4s (I had all the other stuff on hand) and went to work.
I won’t go into the building process. Let’s just say there was lots of swearing involved. The only reason anything I make doesn’t immediately collapse is because I use an obscene number of screws. It’s not pretty. My fingers were freezing, the garage is a nightmare of a mess and I always miss Very Excellent Kids Libby and Sawyer when I do a project. They would always help with little or no complaining. (They may, may, have even enjoyed themselves a bit!) It took me a little over two hours. I installed the feeder up against the wall and voilà – now it’s accessible from both sides!
Brandy and Jessie both tested it out immediately.
A little later, Ethel went in for a closer inspection.
One project down, about a million to go! Come on spring!
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