We had a really pretty weekend, sunny temps in the upper 50's. It feels more like late October than the first week of December. I'm not complaining though, as it certainly makes outside projects much more pleasant to work on. We have a LOT of outside projects right now.
The livestock part of WeeHavyn is always changing. Animals come and go, pens are built and moved in an attempt to make the most efficient use of space. I find that you can plan and plan, but until you start using your setup, you just don't really know how it's going to work out. Rosey did not go back into heat last week, so we said goodbye to Pepe. I had never intended to have a buck goat at WeeHavyn, but when it became obvious that it was going to be necessary, we knew it would be for as short an amount of time as possible. Once his job was done, Pepe found a new home.
We've decided that having the chicken pen under the deck isn't working well. True, it's very secure, and was easy to build, but it is dark and cold and the hens infinitely prefer running in the sunshine out in the goat yard. Besides, I need somewhere to store a year's worth of hay. The chicken house will be moved into the goat pen, behind the new cedar fence that is currently under construction. We've also decided to try having a rooster. Our Salmon Faverolles are incredibly quiet and docile. Not even our dog, Hank, seems to ruffle them much. We're hoping that the rooster will be similarly quiet and we can have sweet baby chicks this spring.
We are trying to do a great deal in very little space. This means everything must have multiple uses. The deck serves and emergency exit, warm weather hangout, framework for the chicken pen, cooking area, and clothes line. The new fence will also serve several purposes. It will act as a windbreak for the chicken/goat enclosure, the east wall and support of the milking shed, the right side of the milking stand, and the back wall of the rabbitry. Our goal is to have our set up as robust, easy, and low maintenance as possible.
I'm so excited!