Sunday, July 18, 2010

Weekend Project: Part 1

This weekend I started tackling a project I've been wanting to do for a while now. The ram lamb and buck kid are getting more mature, and I don't want to risk any unplanned breedings, so they need their own bachelor pad.

I saved up some money from sales from the "farm" (eggs, veggies, etc), and used it to buy all the supplies I needed. I managed to find some chain link fencing for free, so that really helped the budget! I'll give the price breakdown in the next installment.

I picked an area behind the barn because it gets nice afternoon shade and is a convenient area to have a pen located. Plus, putting the pen directly adjacent to the barn means I only need to fence 3 sides, and the shelter will also share a wall with the barn. I measured out an area that is approximately 21' long and 14' wide. The two of them won't be staying here year round, so I don't need a huge area.

Luckily our dry spell has ended (we got 5" of rain last weekend and another 1-2" during the week!), so digging the post holes was very easy! I dug them all 24" down and used cement on all of the corner posts and the gate post.

I used a string to make sure all of the posts were in line.

For some reason the posts look slightly crooked in this picture, but I used the level to make sure they were straight.

We also attached the fencing to the posts this evening, but I didn't get any pictures of that. Tomorrow I'll pick up the gate and hopefully finish this project!


Kim said...

It looks like it's going to work great for your guys.

Jennifer said...

Cool... cant wait to see if finished.

Kelly said...

I feel for you. We worked on fence this week too. Look forward to seeing the finished product.

Becky said...

Wow, you're making a nice pen! Great job. I'm so glad you guys finally got rain!

Deb said...

Great start on the pen Katie and David. Oh, I want to warn you that that left corner post is going to warp. he he he Love you, Momma

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