Innovations

I love it when Wally and I figure out how to fix things, especially when we use materials that we already have on hand and don’t have to spend a penny.

Feeding Petunia milk was difficult, to say the least.  She LOVES milk!  When she smells it coming, she goes berserk.  The other night, she made Wally wear more of the milk than she got in her bucket.  Here’s the soon-to-be-patented Pig Milk Feeding System:

And here’s a new cat containment system:

Not really, it is our new alfalfa hay feeder racks:

They are made out of horse wire, the same horse wire that we originally had over a gate which is no longer in use.  Originally, when they were fed alfalfa, the goats wasted more than they ate.  I almost stopped feeding alfalfa to them for that reason.  As expensive as it is, I don’t want it wasted.  Now, the goats can munch on alfalfa (or not) while they are waiting to be milked.  Some of the leaves from the alfalfa fall on the ground, but the yard rabbits pick that up.

You’ll note the tarps behind the hay rack.  Those are now gone.  Our neighbor had a huge pile of roofing tin that they were going to throw away.  Yesterday, Wally and I went up and got all of it.  It took us about an hour to load it and almost another hour to unload it, but we now have enough tin to do a lot of projects.  We put some up around the North and East sides of the hitching area off the milk parlor and on the North side of the milk parlor.  Hopefully, this will keep most of the rain off the goats and their hay and out of the milk parlor.  It doesn’t look so great right now and ideally, I’d like to have the tin mounted on frames so I can take them on and off depending on the weather.  That’s a project for another day.

We’ll use some of it to cover the smaller shelter in the fenced in area.  This is what it originally looked like in something like it’s second or third attempt.  You can see what it looks like a bit in this photo of what it looks like now.  Basically, we made a frame and attached the cattle panel to it so it’s flatter than in that photo and much more stable.  The goats were previously able to climb on it; they cannot now.  We’ll take the cattle panel off and attach the tin to the frame and then put three sides on it.  We’ll also put some of the tin on top of the chicken house which is currently covered by tarp.  Maybe we can get to that this weekend as the chicken house does not stay too dry when it rains.

Finally, our biggest, baddest, best secret weapon:

Fern, the Pig Whisperer.

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