Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Fences, Partitions, and Gates
A gate hinge. This one is inexpensive, easily installed, and durable. It's a piece of metal strapping, nailed to the gatepost in a loop. The gate is held in place within the loop and turns freely.
To make partitions in the barn, we slide boards into the slots on the wall. Spacers are put between the boards. We can make the partition into a solid wall by leaving the spacers out. If the bottom boards are spaced apart more widely, kids can get through but adults can't. Taking the partition out completely opens up the area.
This is the easiest goat-proof latch we've found. A loop of very heavy chain can be lifted easily by us, but not by any of the animals.
A rail gate. This works the same way as the partitions in the barn. With lots of rails up, it confines the goats. When we slide the lower rails out of the way, it lets the goats through but keeps the horse in.