Another introduction is in order for today.
This is what I see when I look out of one of my kitchen windows. See that reddish structure in the distance through the trees? Do you know what it is?
Upon closer inspection, it becomes obvious:
It's a goat house, of course, as clearly indicated by the white-painted lettering on the little door:
I'm very excited. Our new property has so many interesting things about it, as well as on it. This little house was actually a selling feature (for me) back when we initially viewed the property. The then-owner and my husband looked at me like I had lost my mind when I squealed upon seeing it for the first time.
But there is work to be done. The outside is desperate for a fresh coat of paint:
And the roof clearly needs some attention:
But overall, it seems structurally sound to me.
Inside the house, there is a 3.5' x 7.5' storage area (right side of picture) that can be closed off from the rest of the house with a small gate. The rest of the house is an L-shaped stall area, measuring a bit over 4' by 7.5' at the skinny part and....
7.5' x 7.75' at the bigger part:
It even has a precious little storage area above the stalls:
The outside pen is approximately 18' x 22' currently. While the metal rods holding the wire fence seem solid, the fencing itself is a disaster and will need to be replaced. I will also make it at least a foot higher than it is right now.
I think, with a good scrubbing out, a new fence, some attention to the roof, a new coat of paint, securing the doors, and cutting away all the branches and debris, it'll be a perfect little goat home. ...Piece of cake, right? :-)
There were, as always, a couple of interesting finds.
Here is a galvinized metal can that is in perfect condition. Once it's cleaned out, it will make a great storage container for feed:
I wonder if these still work:
And then there's this here. It looks like some kind of stall mat. I tried to pull it out, but it wouldn't budge:
Now, all you goat people out there: is there a need for stall mats in a goat shelter?
Does anyone have advice or thoughts on other things I need to be paying attention to?
Every day I get just a little bit closer...