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You've all heard the old joke about Real Estate ads:
Cozy, intimate home - extremely cramped
Historical house - ready to fall down
Lots of potential - you'll need several months of hard work to be able to move in
The ad for our new place listed animal enclosures. This is what we found:
We also had a fence:
We had our large animals boarded at the local alpaca ranch. We needed to build safe enclosures for the animals before we could bring them out. There were coyotes living on our property and bob cats and mountain lions wondered through from time to time.
We started with a shanty for one of our pigs, just to get started.
We then built a more solid, safer enclosure for our girls alpacas, Dolly and Melody, and the pig.
Next we built a pen for the boys, Arthur and Sam. Pork Chops, the pig, had been in a dog run along the back of the house, but we added a pen on the boys enclosure for him.
We were finally able to have our first animals safely on the ranch with us.
We have started a sustainable homestead by the seat of our pants! We make things up as we learn day by day. We are not experts, but we have discovered a lot of ways to not do things. Read along and comment and/or ask questions. Join us on this adventure!
Our mini ranch hand