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Herself spent yesterday with the Shire Amurgorod at the Williston Peanut Festival. Considering that they weren't required to pay for booth space, the Shire did well with their fundraiser (Shoot an Armoured Fighter with an Arrow!), and Herself sold some beeswax candles and earrings.

Myself, I picked up replacement windshield wipers for all vehicles (installed Sydney SubaruOutback's already), returned parts not necessary for Forrest NissanPickup. Oh, the parts are needed, but we also need to get the truck into the shop; I'm not inclined to spend time I'd rather spend on other projects working on internal combustion systems.

I also put together another goat maternity pen. We learned last year that maternity pens are a good thing to discourage Coyote from shopping for fresh kid. However, the method we used last year resulted in a pen too large, and requiring rather more maintenance than desired. So a slightly different method this year, using 'wire clips' (u-bolts of a small variety) to hold the combo panels together. I am also experimenting with several smaller pens, though not tiny. Each panel is 4.8 m (16') long. Putting six of them together in a hexagonal shape provides enough space for two to three does plus kids, and keeps them close enough to foster the overall herd feeling even though they're in somewhat smaller 'herd-letts' in each pen.

Today, we may try rounding up the three does we're quite certain are near term. Hey, maybebabies, wanna help?


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Oct. 8th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
I want to see photos of baby goats, you know:) I'm also curious to see what goat maternity pens look like.

I've always loved animals, but I never knew I would be this crazy about them in my old age:D
Oct. 8th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Haven't done any photos of this batch yet, will need to dig through archives. I'm a tad focused on some upcoming travel. Tuesday after work I head down to Orlando to catch a flight to SeaTac, there to rent a car and over to Chelan for a nursing seminar. Most of the travel arrangements are ready, but I'm making the last minute stuff now; rental car to drop off at the airport (cheaper than parking for a week), overnight hotel (flight leaves early, need to be at airport at 06:00 & is a two-hour drive from home).

Maternity pens don't look like much. Just a pen, made with 'combo panels' which are made from quarter-inch rod stock welded up 16' long 4.5' high. Nothing much.
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