The wood fence that delineates the farm yard from the home yard is mainly to keep the birds in. Last year and this year, the birds reproduced at an enormous rate and towards the end of summer, there were well over 100 birds. This year is the same. I will have to count the chickens, ducks and geese, but I actually know there are 13 turkeys. The two turkey hens produced ten young ones and there is a tom turkey of course. That wood fence is rustic and unpainted, weathering the way it should. I thought I might put an oil stain on it to protect it, but this year I am consumed with moving. Hopefully, painting the outbuildings, maybe the houses and certainly the wooden fence should be possible.
Today I bought two large 19 foot long by 6 foot high chain link panels and my friend Dale helped set them up to create a catch pen for the sheep and goats on the south side. There is one on the north side already, but rather than run them across the yard, this will be much easier. I will close the pen with a livestock panel and clips. It is small, approximately 20 x 20 and the animals should be very crowded in it, which is perfect because they are easy to catch then. The deck chair is still in the wrapper due to my mental block about assembling things, but it would be a great asset for hoof trimming and medication in that pen, so I guess I have to put it together. The pen will also serve as a winter pen for breeding. It is a good size for 3-5 sheep and one ram. There are 2 Jacobs and a ram, 2 Blue Faced Leceisters and a ram, and so on, so there are lots of sheep to choose from. A winter shelter will have to built on skids and dragged into the pen when breeding time comes the first week of November.
The cost of fencing is one that is never recovered. For some, it is a selling point, but for most, they could care less, especially here, since they basically only raise big cows here. Still, for the next few years, the addition of these fences will make life so much easier, the animals so much healthier since they are able to eat fresh pasture and bush all summer and ease the pressure of feeding hay until the snow comes.
Although I did not do any of the wire fencing, I certainly built some of the wood fence myself and my son and I worked together on some of it as well. Do you like it?