Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Corrals (part 2)

This summer we were able to finish one of the pens.  The continuous fencing is expensive and the railroad ties we are using as posts are difficult to set, so progress is a little slow.

The previous post showed the gates already in place.  Since those pictures, we have added the continuous fencing.  The above picture is taken in front of the lean-to, looking down the alley against the building.  The below picture is looking towards the lean-to.
 

 Hope has been trying out the pen quite a bit lately because she thinks the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.



 We ended up with this trough as payment for a small job my hubby did for a neighbor.  I love trades like that!  I'm taking the picture from what will be the second pen.

 Above is where the second pen will be located.  The white gate for it is already in place.

 We also have a narrow chute for loading or working planned.  I've been keeping my eye out for a used squeeze shoot for this area.  The green gate in the above picture opens to the small size pasture.  It can be adjusted to open that pasture up, or close it off and allow cows to enter the narrow alley.

 Here is another view of where the working chute will go.  The second pen will be on one side, and a pen for pigs will be on the other.




Sunday, October 29, 2017

Corrals (part 1)

We have slowly been working on the corrals behind the barn.  Warning, this post is picture heavy.



 Leveling the area.





First posts in the ground.  The plan is to have two pens, a narrow alley for loading into a trailer, and a larger alley along the backside of the barn.



 I love this push gate Nathan made.  Never have to worry about someone forgetting to close it!



 I guess this would be a third pen for the lean-to or the barn.  One thing I've learned from dealing with obnoxious, stubborn animals is gates make separating and sorting much easier.  Someone gave us a bunch of gates so there will most likely more gates than we actually need.




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