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Project O Day- Hoop Donkey Shelter

12 November 2014 at 12:20:45 PM

Had been looking for awhile at easy (or at least more cost effective) ways to build an animal shelter for a donkey. Readers know I had the donkey gelded about a month ago. Hub has some calves and was told he could not put a jack into the same pasture as the cows. The big barn, however, is in the pasture with the cows. Meanwhile, a friend had a WONDERFUL suggestion that there could be a 3 sided shelter built onto the other side of the chicken house. The chicken house is 8 feet wide, and that side faces north, so it would be blocking the wind. Yesterday, I got some green pen panels and 2 flexible pen panels from her. Here's the basic idea of what I"m aiming to do.  I want to get the panels, wire them to the larger green panels to form a hoop over the interior of the pen. Then, tomorrow, going to either get some tarp or some sturdy plastic to cover the hoop, as well as block in the part of the hoop that faces the chicken house. I'll probably also use the canvas or plastic to cover the 2 sides of the pen that face east and west. Going to get another piece of fence to put to cover the gap on the east after the hoop is up, and, although it's hard to see, there is a swinging metal gate on the right that I can turn to close the front part, which will also allow the donkey to get in and out. Won't need to get another gate as I don't intend to lock him in at night. (Might be a good side benefit, though, of keeping predators away from the poultry.) 

So, here's the basics of what I"m going to do, green panels up. You can see the 2 rectangular cattle pens as well, but of course they aren't up yet. Goal is by end of day to get the hoop up and fence off the open ends. It is VERY cold today but sunny and beautiful. 

and now, the general hoops up. I want to get some thicker wire tomorrow to ensure the hold is good. Then I'm going to adjust the second hoop by wiring it to the first in the middle for some extra strength. Also going to look for some thick plastic to use to cover the hoops. It's just amazing, though, how warm that area is right by the chicken house where the wind is blocked. I also had that gap on the far side and took an old gate and attached it to the pen panel. 

and here's the latest photo after covering it with some 6 ml plastic. I still have a little more to do-going to put some more duct tape on some of the plastic and use some 16 ml fence wire to extra tie down the panels to the cattle pens.

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