200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Chicken Coop is Progressing
Even though it was COLD (brief high of 42) and tremendously windy, blogreader Kate stopped over and helped me start to put together the new coop. Thanks Kate! She observantly noticed that the instructions say it should take 30-40 hours to put together the coop, something I didn't notice because I was skimming the instructions to get to the parts about what to do.
The goats are beginning to settle down a bit. I'm hesitant to let them out into their corral because there's not much greenery in it. Ie, they'll run out of food quickly and start thinking about how to get out. My whole plan is predicated on them respecting the electric fence, so I want to carefully control how they "meet" the fence. I'm thinking about putting another section of fence up in an area I want them to eat down, and moving the battery/energizer over there as well as the dog crate. They're smaller than I expected. They can both stand up in the dog crate, so maybe I can use that as a rain shelter. It'd be good for moving.
I also want to get them more used to being led. With them in the shed, it's sortof easy for me to catch them to put on the leash. We've been having short practice sessions of leash work where I dangle brambly treats, and they follow. I don't have a consistent thing that I know they'll come for yet, like grain or cookies, so if I let them out loose, I'm a bit concerned that I won't be able to get them back in. Another reason for me not to be in a hurry to get them out of the shed, full-time.
I used a bungee cord to hang a bunch of blackberry cane cuttings on the wall. They love it!