The first step was to tear down the top half of the wall between where the goats live and where the hay will be stored.
A hay feeder will be build under the opening.
|People side. The door will come down too, for a solid half wall.|
This is because I'm about tired of having to wade through a crowd of pushing, shoving goats to fill the hay feeder. It will make life so much easier to give them hay without getting my toes stepped on. The feeder will be built when we work on the goats' area. First we had to get the hay moved.
Initially we put up a cattle panel as a wall of sorts between the hay mow and what will become the milking room on the right. After we took apart the hay hut, we pondered what to do with the deck it was build upon. The deck was made from the old front porch floor, and is quite sturdy. We didn't want to dismantle it, but didn't know where to store it either. I suggested we use it as a wall between the hay storage and milking room.
|The hay hut floor makes a good wall with ventilation at the top.|
|The underside faces the future milking room|
and feed storage. (Goat area is in the back.)
The underside framing of the deck suggests shelves, and Dan said he can add more. At least the deck is out of the way, still available if needed, and useful in the meantime.
One more view from the hay feeding side
|Once the hay feeder is built, I'll just have to|
pitch the hay over the wall to fill the feeder.
A length of welded wire fence contains the hay for now. It's a setup I'm really happy with.
So that was the first step for the Little Barn interior. Progress is always happy and it feels good to have the hay secure and out from under tarps. The next step is to build a new wall between the goat area and milking room. More on that soon.