We’re continuing to lay in our supplies to build a pallet barn. We’re in the process of hauling home 40 of these massive six-foot pallets (for FREE!) to build a hay barn in the meadow bottom over a pre-existing 22′ x 24′ cement pad.
It’ll need a roof and a loft (and doors), and can double as a sheep shelter. As I’ve noted previously, “sheep shelter” is an oxymoron since it will be a miracle if the sheep ever deign to enter its doors.
But the donkeys might! The donkeys stay down in the bottom pastures from mid-spring to mid-fall. And in any case, we need the hay storage.
You can read more about pallet barns and check out some handy links in the pallet barn topic on the CITR forum here.
When I first posted about the pallet barn plans, I got a lot of questions in the comments about pulling nails…. We will not be tearing the pallets apart and pulling nails. We will be using the pallets as they are. (See link above to forum topic on pallet barns with links to pictures.)
In further farm-building, now that the duck ‘n’ buck yard has come to fruition, my next brainstorm is that we should build a winter BP-land.
–here, which is the area just past the duck ‘n’ buck yard.
It’s brilliant! And that’s just what the people who do the heavy lifting around here say every time I come up with a new idea. Or not. But! This one’s brilliant! Really! I was making plans for some changes/additions in BP-land, including a separation fence and a small hay shed/shelter and new milk stand. But this idea is so much better! The problem in the winter is getting hay over to BP-land, which is on the other side of the house from the driveway. (See the Farm Map.) BP has to have hay all winter, of course. Big hassle. It would make much more sense to build a winter BP-land out past the duck ‘n’ buck yard, which is convenient to the driveway and hay delivery. We can play right off the fencing for the outer buck enclosure when putting up the fencing. I want all woven wire fencing out there, no electric as in BP-land, because it can also be a calf area. (And I’ve learned the electric does no good with calves who walk right under it.) We don’t even need much hay storage there because we already have some hay storage up by the house and more hay can always be brought up periodically in loads from the new pallet barn at the bottom. We’ll still need another milk stand and a shelter, and an arrangement for water, etc, but it’s not much more work than the changes/additions I was planning in BP-land, and this makes much more sense. It will be a smaller area than the main BP-land, but in the winter, that’s okay, they’re on hay anyway. In the spring, BP and Glory Bee will be moved back to BP-land to pasture. This will just be their winter quarters. I’m planning/hoping for BP to have a calf at the start of spring, so we’ll keep her in her winterland a few extra months with the calf, allowing BP-land to grow up more before putting her on it, and move her when it’s time to wean the calf. (The next calf won’t be a keeper.)
BP’s going to love her new winterland! Can’t wait till we get started. Or, well, till somebody gets started…… Hello? HELLO!