Starting a new goat enclosure has turned into its very own special process.
Firstly, some history: Our goat house began as a pigpen, when the Sunshine Sisters heard about a poor little piglet that fell off a truck. Being the sweet girls they are, the Sisters immediately began construction on the fastest pigpen they could build, dropping four fence posts into the ground at a record speed. As we only had a few days before the poor injured piggy needed the new home (he was staying in a friend’s house as his wounds knitted) concerns of straightness, squareness and all around levelness were thrown out the window.
Unfortunately, the poor piglet succumbed to its injuries before the enclosure could be completed, and the four posts stood as a solemn reminder of pitiful Porky’s fate.
As time went by, however, the pain of piggy’s loss turned bittersweet: We adopted Jethro, the amazing boy goat. And, in about a week, we’ll finally have another milk goat (comment below for naming ideas, I’m leaning toward Mary Ann to match Ginger). As a result, the family has been working frantically to complete a new goat enclosure.
To save labor and time, we decided to re-purpose our pigpen posts to serve as the beginnings of a new stable for our goats. To accommodate our growing herd, we’ve decided to build the new stable 16-feet long and 8-feet wide.
As construction continues, we’ve discovered that because of the original posts used the dimensions are as follows 16 feet, 8 inches; 8 feet 3-and-3/4 inches; 14 feet, 7 inches; 8 feet 4-and-5/8 inches.
It also includes the following angles, as near as we can ascertain: 94 degrees, 85 degrees, 150 degrees, 90 degrees and 80 degrees. Understand, we haven’t taken a protractor out there, as we have no desire to find out how bad it really is.
And yes, it does, somehow, have five corners. We counted twice.
At first, we were a little off-put by the measurements, but as one of the Sisters pointed out, “There won’t be another one like it.”
Melissa’s father-in-law made the observation that goats, in his experience, don’t seem so concerned with how straight or square things are.
So we’ve embraced it. The goat stable will be named “Crooked House,” after Agatha Christie’s book of the same name. Which, we found out while researching this post, was named after a quirky nursery rhyme, about a crooked man.
The whole thing’s kind of growing on us.
We’ll post photos when it’s complete.