Endless Improvements, Fun Projects

We just can’t leave well enough alone around here! I’ve been feeling irritated that I often have to disconnect the electric fence in order to enter the goat pasture to dump out the water bucket or the feeding trough. It is a pain in the neck, and I began to think of other ways to keep the goats out of the chicken coop without using those electric wires. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?

My husband and I came up with this new design that boxes in the door to the chicken run with a permanent fence and gate, and we spent the last two days constructing it. It took a while for all the chickens to get the hang of squeezing under the gate to move between the pasture and their run, but after dropping some corn to coax them along, they now know what to do — unless they are in a hurry to get fed. That’s when someone inevitably panics and beats their little head against the fence trying to get in a shorter way.

The goats are very pleased with this new solution because now they have access to the shady part of the chicken yard that was always out of reach. It is their new favorite place to curl up and sleep during the day. We did discover that we needed to put up one  more little stretch of electric fence to keep the goats from abusing the fence that walls in the chicken run. They leaned hard against it bending it inward, and Eddy was relentless prying it with his horns like a can opener. The electric lines broke them of that behavior pretty fast, but as I said they are now quite content.

It is always fun doing a project together, although we were exhausted at the end of the day. My husband did all the post hole digging, so I don’t know why I was so tired, but it was a good feeling knowing we’d created something together.

Now, it’s back to the endless weeding and tending to our pond and crops. Summer is like that. There is never much down time unless it rains. As long as we can retreat to the air-conditioned house at the end of the day for a shower and a nap, I rejoice in the way our bodies heal up from a day of hard labor.

About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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