Monday, December 14, 2009

Goats-n-barn update

If you know anything about the current weather in Illinois, then you know this is not a current picture. This also means that this post is seriously overdue!

When Sarah the apprentice was still here in November, she helped Mike to put a new goat door in the side of the barn. I had been wanting one for a long time, but I never pestered Mike about it much. A few years ago, I was at another farm where they had a metal barn, and the woman's husband had cut a hole in the wall for their chickens. Well, it looked like someone had ripped a hole in a piece of paper. There were jagged metal edges, which were dangerous, as well as ugly. Of course, I should have known that Mike would not do something like that to our barn. I'm glad I finally got the nerve to ask him to do it. The goats love it because they can go in and out of their stall all day long. We still close it up at night to keep them safe from predators. I probably love it more than the goats do, because it means that I don't have to round them up and bring them into the barn at night. They just head in on their own around sundown.

Many thanks to Sarah for the pictures!


Gail V said...

Nice pictures, indeed! And it's always so great to see how other farmers find a way to do things.

Maggie said...

LOL, I see they still haven't learned any manners. :-) So pushy!

Unknown said...

What are the dimensions of the goat door?

Deborah Niemann said...

They are 18 inches wide and 30 inches tall. Believe it or not, that is big enough for an adult llama and an Irish dexter cow to come in from the outside, probably because the door is above the ground, so they stick their head in, and their body just follows. Inside the barn, the door is only a few inches from the ground, so once they got in, they had no idea how to get out!


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