Hubby and I worked on the goat (and now chicken) shed Saturday evening.
It sits in a really bad spot on our property. All that rain that we just got (sorry to all the folks experiencing drought right now), the shed ended up with an inch or so of water in the bottom of it. Luckily I had a good layer of bedding in there (I have been using oak shavings and hay) so Hazel and Willow didn’t get their feet wet.
I cleaned it all out and then we laid down some pallets that we picked up at the electric company’s warehouse. We had some peg board lying around that wasn’t being used, so we laid that down on top of the pallets so that the shavings and hay would stay on top and we wouldn’t fall through the pallets and have injured legs.
I put down fresh shavings and hay. We moved the goat’s bowls to the back of the shed. We realized hanging them on the door where the rain can come in, wasn’t really that smart of a plan. Doh!
Then we took one of the smaller trees that Hubby had cut down and trimmed that up and stuck it inside for the chickens to perch on. Yeah, they have officially moved into the shed. I guess they feel safe with the girlies and they have more room. The chickens have been crowding Hazel and Willow up on their shelf, so I thought a perch would be nice, that is where they are supposed to sleep, right? Not my chickens. They like snuggling up with the goats apparently. We even put a nest box in there for them, but Claudette and Georgia walk back to the old coop and still lay their eggs in there. Still nothing, as far as I know, from Rocky and Buffy. It has only been a few days though, so maybe they will come to like their new perch and nesting box. I still feed the chickens back there though because I haven’t figured out a better solution so that Hazel won’t raid the chicken food.
Everyone seems pretty happy with the set-up.
What kind of set-up do you have for your goats and/or chickens? I am always interested in getting new ideas for them.
The plants and trees are thirstily drinking it up. Not quite fast enough though. Our backyard still managed to flood some.
I wasn’t prepared and so the goats got stuck on the other side of the yard and hid out in the dog house during the deluge. By the time the rain subsided some, it was dinner time for the goats. They braved the rain and gigantic puddles to run across the yard to the shed. They are much happier now.
The chickens are funny. The Reds have no problem with getting wet. Aside from hiding under the table during the worst part of the storm, they have been strolling around the yard. They are soaked through and their feathers are quite mottled looking, but I think they really enjoy the rain. Buffy and Rocky quickly took shelter in the goat shed. They are keeping the goats company now.
The boys played in an earlier rain shower. At first they weren’t quite sure if they liked it. They eventually decided they liked it and ran around and played. It wasn’t enough rain to create puddles, but Munchkin still had to put his new, red rain boots on. He loves his rain boots and wears them quite a bit, even when it isn’t necessary. Then both boys napped through the major part of the storm. . .I think it may be a late tonight.
I wish I had some pictures to share, but you know, it has been/is still raining. The camera would get wet. It would stop working. I would be sad if that happened. I could take an umbrella out, but it is also lightning, so I don’t really imagine that ending well either. Instead I will leave you with a pic of the Girlies (the goats) playing on the porch the other day.