Niiiiice, right? I know. It worked out great. The blob in the middle is an igloo-style doghouse I liberated from the curbside trash last year. It's the perfect size for two little goaties and they stay nice and warm in there on old nights. I threw an old blanket over the top as a little extra insulation and to provide a flap over the door. They have a thick bed of hay in there and some drinking water.
Mr. Chanclas' mother, father, and sister came up from Mexico to visit us for Christmas and New Year's. We had a blast although I think my father-in-law thinks we are trying to kill him. First he helped us chop down two dead trees and then we enlisted him to help us build the goat fence. He was a huge help, teaching me how to hang a gate and helping Mr. Chanclas stretch the woven wire and attach it to the posts.
|Mr. Chanclas mixing concrete for setting the corner posts|
The original dog run had only had one gate and it was awkwardly placed. We decided to keep that one as it provides easy access from the house but planned for a second gate on the opposite end to provide better access. I built the second gate out of scavenged wood from my materials yard, a latch and hinges I had picked up at the Habitat Re-store, and some corner braces I had to buy new (damn!) from the building supply place.
|Salvaged lumber I used to build the second gate|
|This is a great bit for drilling big holes FAST.|
|My homemade stretcher bar resting across two wooden stands.|
|The first section of wire mesh is attached to the first wooden post and ready for stretching.|
|Mr. Chanclas attaches the stretcher board and chains|
|The fence after being stretched and secured|
|Oops. I made the gate too narrow so we had to fill in the gap|
|Mr. Chanclas hanging the wire mesh on the T-posts using wire clips|
|Using The Blue Tool to attach wire clips|
We still have a few things to do before the fence and run is truly finished but I am already able to let the goats out into their bigger yard while I'm at home. They love it. They went right to work doing what they do best: eating the shrubbery.
|Kiki enjoying access to new greens|