Thursday, October 16, 2008

pigs, square bale feeder and more

we finally got our pigs. they are cute and frisky.

they are in the calf pen addition. it is made from pallets per ron's example. i picked up mikes feeder. it needed cleaning and a little touch up. i had some black spray paint and covered the rusty areas. we'll keep food in front of them at all times and feed them the waste milk products around here. whey soaked grain is really supposed to fatten them up quick. these pigs are 1/2 giant black--a heritage breed. so far we really like pigs and might make raising them a permanent addition to the farm.

the cows desperately need a square bale hay feeder that will keep the waste to a minimum. the idea is it will keep the weather out and be able to be moved to different areas for pasture development and maintenance. tabitha showed me a picture of what she thought would be perfect.

so i went to the lumberyard and asked if they had any culls. i slipped into my best missouri accent and toured the lumber yard with the manager. he started saying "a dollar here and a dollar there." i waited until we ran out of culled wood and offered him $20 for the whole lot--deal... here is the pile of wood that i came home with for the feeder.

toly verified it's value.

this is the foundation skid from landscape timbers. i had these laying around.

the first course made for good monkey bars.

toly helped too.

notice my fancy bale support.

kassi was the resident princess and purveyor of good cheer.

homemade rafters from yellow pine.

the construction is a little nonstandard. i want to be able to re-purpose all of it in case things change.

the roof might become and out house roof or a play house. you never know...

tristan decided that the entire thing was his monkey bar set.


just showing off.

this is all the further i could get today..


Danielle said...

Looks really good so far! Joe made our goats a square bale feeder and then another for the calves. They work great!

Ed Abbey said...

Looks good and the price was certainly right. I'm going to have to practice my Arkansas accent I guess.

Kristianna said...

Wow, that looks great! You repurpose things so well that you even *plan* for repurposing! LOL!


Woody said...

Nice work Karl..I've always enjoyed cleaning out the culls at the lumber yard. It is amazing what gets thrown out.


Ron said...

Pigs! What a blast!

That's a nice-looking feeder, too. You can't beat those small-town lumberyards. I figure the tiny extra cost for some materials is easily recouped by the culls and service.


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