The High Plainsman was working in Colorado this week so I had to finish to getting the goat pen ready. The goats are coming home with him. We converted what we think was an old dog run into a temporary goat pen until we can get our barn built. We did not intend on having goats until next year but then a patient offered her two baby goats to us and we couldn’t resist.
This was the pen before
While he was gone I did the following:
- Reinforced the shelter… I screwed in any loose boards and tightened down any loose screws.
- I closed off one of the doors. It was kind of flimsy and there’s no need for it anyway so I boarded up. One less away for coyotes to potentially get in.
- Added an extra hinge to the second door and reinforced it with more plywood and scrap wood.
- Added a hook to the door so that I could hold it open with a chain
- Installed a homemade hay feeder. I used an old tote that I cut out with a Dremel tool
- Installed a water bucket in the hopes that they can’t tip it over
- Filled the shelter with fresh straw for bedding
- Hung a fence feeder for grain and minerals
- Hug a cowbell for play. I also have a tetherball that needs to be blown up and a couple of scrub brushes so they can scratch their backs
- Had The High Plainsboy roll a stump in for them to stand on, I need to get a few more in there.
- Installed fabric shade with zip ties and a butt ton of heavy-duty staples
- Lined up some old pallets to keep the late afternoon sun out
I feel like I had a very successful week. Only thing that I did not get done was install a lock on the shelter door. The High Plainsman has one with him to put up when he gets back with the goats.