Thursdays are devoted to animals
Here at the farm, we have very ambitious plans to fence off what eventually will be a 100 by 500 foot area into several 50 foot square pens for rapid pasture rotation. Only problem for me is that is mainly a one-woman job with occasional help from various friends. Putting in fence posts two - three feet deep can be back breaking labor. When you're in a drought, you might as well forget about digging holes. I've bent my post-hole diggers blades, more than once this summer. But it must be done for two reasons: to keep the lovely critters in and keep the predators out. Here is what I have learned so far.
- Keep your post hole diggers clean and sharp to cut through the clay-shale mix we call a subsoil.
- It is better to attach your fence on the inside of the pen because when the goats rub against it, it doesn't bow out so bad.
- Check out the lay of the ground under your bottom wire. If there is more than a four inch gap, this will become a chicken escape route.
- Goats can jump anything under four foot tall.
- Goats and chickens can mix, but whatever flimsy thing you built for the chickens will not stand up to play time with a goat.
- Make sure your gates swing into the pen so if you forget to latch them, the goats still can't get out.
- Make sure your gate latch requires motion along several planes to unhook so the goats can't open it.
- A car and a fence stretcher make things a whole lot easier and tighter when putting up a fence.