|Gloria and Joon are enjoying the sunshine in their new spacious pen.|
We bought 1" PVC to brace the bottom and are going to get 4 more pieces to do the same to the top. Rob drilled 2 holes top-bottom in each end of the pipe and we tied these to the frame with wire ties. These braces are also holding the 2"x4" wire taut on the bottom.
|"Haha, sucker, can't get me!!"|
This is not a suitable winter pen, so we're working on plans to make a tractor the does can be in year round, but for now this is fantastic - look at all that room!
Speaking of room, I estimate it will easily house 4 does with litters. Gloria, the young NZ doe, was in a pen that had one 2'x2' section with a wire bottom to eat on (she had more room but that was the only place to graze) and I was only having to move her every other day. I'm surprised at how little they actually seem to need. She was eating pellets still, which won't be an option once they're settled in. I will feed free choice hay, a salt block, and water in addition to their constant supply of fresh grass.
|Joon is still not too sure of us, but she lets me pick her up without a chase now.|
I have an American Chinchilla doe coming in May, a chocolate Satin pair coming in June, and possibly a Silver Fox pair this fall so our free space won't last long.