This was a VERY long overdue project on the homestead, in which I tore down a wall separating our heavy use area in the barn and put in individual stalls and sliding doors for my miniature donkeys and Nigerian dwarf goats. I used all reclaimed lumber from a Parkour studio in Seattle which was torn down, and my neighbor donated the stall doors he was tearing out of his own barn to the cause. Between this project and the French Drain system I installed in front of the barn in October, the animals are far better set up going into winter this year than they ever have been before. With these upgrades, I’m hoping hoof rot, worms, and other minor illnesses resulting from staying damp all winter will be a thing of the past.
These farm projects are of an enormous scale. They are hugely demanding both physically and financially, but it is a major goal of mine to give my animals the best life I possibly can. They unselfishly give me so much unconditional love and affection, and bring so much joy to our lives, I feel it’s the very least I can do.