The Kidding Barn

Time to add on to the barn. We knew this spring we would need some extra room for the momma goats to give birth. So, Renaissance Man, my dad, and Syntax Man (that’s A) recently went at it. They built it so fast, you’d think they’d done this before. That’s right. They have. Hee. Hee.

Here is our cute little barn before the addition. It’ll be even cuter when it’s painted this summer. On the right side of the building with the window is the Dairy Barn. That’s where the milking happens. It’s also currently where some hay is stored and an occasional egg is laid (darn chickens!).

A couple of Saturdays ago, my dad arrived to help us get started. Little did we know, by the time the dinner hour arrived, it would almost be completed. Renaissance Man was only expecting to get the footings in. Boy, was he happy.

This year, I’m going to let the baby goats nurse straight from their mommas. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone in the dairy goat business. Most of them bottle feed their babies, which I’m prepared to do if I need to. It’s just that the thought of first milking the momma, going inside to pasteurize the milk, and then bottle feeding is a bit overwhelming to me. So, this year, when the babies are 2 weeks old, we’ll separate them from their mom at night, so we can milk the mom in the morning. I had read that it’s a good idea when separating at night, that baby and mom be able to see each other. That’s why this wall will have a gate in it. And then, after milking, baby and mom will be reunited.

And there you have it. That should be big enough for the two to see each other at night. Don’tcha think?

 

I went inside to make everyone some lunch and before I knew it, they were erecting the first wall. Wow. I wonder if the motivating factor could have been the big pile of llama poop they kept having to step around. My dad really does not like to be around poop of any kind. If I’d realized this was going to be a day long project, I would have cleaned out the barn first. Sorry, dad.

And here she is in all her barn glory. Renaissance Man says it finally looks like a barn instead of a shed. Won’t she be cute with some paint? I have big plans to cute-ify (make cute) this barn. Picture wide trim around the window. Siding on the outside walls. Avocado with white trim and black accents. I can’t wait for summer. In the Pacific Northwest, pretty much everyone looks forward to summer. Summer is when it stops raining (mostly).

Here’s the see through gate. I just love how it turned out. Renaissance Man used wood from the old tack room that used to be in our shop. It’s perfect.

Another view point of the beautiful gate.

And these gals are really glad all that hammering is done. Little do they know, Renaissance Man brought home roofing tiles last night. They aren’t going to like that at all.

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About kathleen

I'm a stay at home chicken momma with 2 boys and a very understanding husband. In December of '09, we moved to our dream farm. I'm excited to try to become more self-sufficient. So far I have 1 rooster, 9 chickens, 2 goats (some babies on their way this spring), 1 llama, a dog, and a cat. Come along and join us, as we city-slickers figure out how to make our own homestead. You're sure to be entertained.
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2 Responses to The Kidding Barn

  1. Rachel says:

    Wow! The barn looks really great! I think you should consider RED for the exterior color. Doesn’t every farm need a red barn? 🙂

    Are you sure now that both goats are pregnant? They’re due this month, right?

    Fun, fun, fun.

  2. kathleen says:

    Rach,
    Yeah, I’ve gone back and forth with the red barn. I really like the idea, especially with white trim. But I’ve seen places where the house and barn match and really like it. I guess that’s my surburbia roots coming out. 🙂

    Yep, both goats are due in April. Xcel is next. Pretty soon we’ll have 5 or so goats. Yikes!

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