All you have to do to make goats laugh is tell them you have plans. We penned up the sheep and goats in a 1/3 acre pen and gave them all shots, delouser and dewormer. The plan was to keep them off the big pasture for awhile, deworm again, then keep them out of the pen for awhile, to break the worm cycle. We had a small pen partially set up that we planned to let them use off of the pasture for shelter and feeding and kidding. Then, Summerlin got injured. Bonnie gored her pretty badly, leaving a bunch of little cuts and two pretty awful puncture wounds on her hip. Off to the vet on a Sunday! In a PT Cruiser! Fun! $175 later, I was educated on how to clean the puncture wounds, the wounds were very closely clipped and cleaned, and Summerlin had 3 shots. But now we needed to keep her quarantined. So we finished the pen and shelter, and put her in there with get mother, Molena. I love how goats maintain close relationships with their grown kids. In addition to being sweet and part of their charm, it comes in handy when a goat needs a comforting, safe companion.
But now we couldn’t use that pen for a shelter, and we had only a few days to come up with another shelter solution. And, my husband had to work a ton, so it was up to me. Well, that is not entirely true: Kuzu wanted to help.
I had 2 tarps, baling wire, a chain link panel and 4 t-posts. The result is amazingly ugly, but by George, they now have a spot to get out of the rain!
A much nicer shelter is in the works. Until then, my ugly shelter will do the job. At least the goats don’t care!