Predators Strike (Part 2)

As noted last time, 3 of our 4 new hens were missing, presumed dead.

The hen after she survived the initial attack.

We moved another hen from our flock to the chicken tractor so that the silver-spangled hamburg wouldn’t be alone. We also lined the outside of the chicken tractor with paving stones so nothing could dig right next to side and get underneath. This seemed to work as we saw no indications of any predators for several weeks.

After the quarantine period, we moved the silver-spangled hamburg and the other hen into the main barn so they could safely integrate back into the flock. They were inside a portable dog pen that was lined on the outside with chicken wire with a piece wood over the top. The barn has a concrete floor so the assumption was that nothing could dig underneath the pen.

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A New Shed

With the expanded flock, we needed to make sure all of the goats (especially the kids) could get out of the weather all summer, no matter which pasture they were in.  While we already have the barn in one of the large pastures, the other large pasture only had a single run-in shed.

While the goats could all fit in our original run-in shed if they stood fairly close together, in practice they would fight a bit and push some of the goats out of the shed at least some of the time, even before we added Treat and her 2 kids to the flock.

So, we decided to add a second run-in shed so they could all be under cover at the same time without pushing each other around.

We wanted to put it relatively close to the current shed so all of the goats could be near each other. We ordered a custom built shed from a local Amish building group.

First, we had to clear a patch of grass where the shed would go. I used the loader bucket on the tractor to clear out a dirt patch slightly bigger than the base of the shed.

Clearing the grass for a spot for the new shed.

After clearing a spot, we had a load of gravel delivered to create a good base for the shed that would allow good drainage. With the gravel leveled and compacted, we were ready for delivery.

After the gravel delivery.

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Getting ready for the summer!

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Even though we are still in the middle of winter, summer is not that far away!

Penny has had enough of the snow and is ready for some sun and warmth! Here she is wearing sunglasses (tinted doggles).

Penny getting ready for the summer.

Penny getting ready for the summer.

She actually needed to wear them at the vet to protect her eyes during a medical treatment, but she sure looks ready for the beach!

Happy Halloween from Lucky Penny Acres!

Happy Halloween from Lucky Penny Acres!

This year the goats decided to dress up for Halloween with Beanie and Harriet the most excited to join in without eating their costume!

Beanie wearing a witch hat.

Boo!

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Harriet dons a costume.

The dogs refused to be left out of the fun. Here is Shaffron wearing her witch costume.

Shaffron in costume.

Shaffron in costume.

Click through for pictures of the fearsome Pennyguin!

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