Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Simply Recycled

Marley, our Sonaan/Boer cross Male Dairy Goat
So what do you get when you take a free curbside solid pine entertainment center and reconstruct it?
At our house, you get a fantastic little goat palace!  We were looking for a solution to the increasingly cool nights that our Sonaan/Boer cross goat will be facing this winter, and while goat droppings may be gold for your garden, they are not so great in your basement.  Thankfully, we were coming home from church this past Sunday, and saw not one but 2 such pieces by the roadside labeled FREE.  Needless to say, we hauled a U turn and loaded up the Suburban.  I also liberated 4 fairly hard to find Syracuse china plates, but that is a side note.

To make the goat house, we took the shelves out of the top and bottom halves of the center.  Then we joined the 2 pieces together to extend the box shape using scraps from the trimming even.  We repurposed the larger TV shelf and bisected the opening to provide some additional shelter from the winds.  And because the shelf on the upper half sat slightly higher than the base, it created a natural step down for extra layers of bedding to be put in.  The back is some standard 1 inch plywood, and will eventually have a hinge placed so that we can easily muck out the bedding.  The wire slits in the original entertainment center were strategically lined up so that if need be, we can hose out the inside of the structure and it will drain well.

Total value of the wood we used:  around $150 at Lowes.com
Total $$$ we put into the project:  about $4 in screws and 2 kwH of power
Reusing something discarded for something new:  PRICELESS

Lydia, the crew and Marley the Goat

1 comment:

  1. My husband Rembrandt got 50 split cedar fence posts, 375 feet of rolled wire fencing, a transformer, 50 feet of 100 amp wire, and some 2 mile rated electric fencing to build the enclosure. It took about 2 sweaty weeks but serves our goat and dog population well. The dogs have the large enclosure because there are currently 7 of them, and only one goat. Over time, the fence is easily redesignable and the whole setup cost us around $300 to complete. Found many of the materials at Tractor Supply and our local Blue Seal Dealer, Krowkowski's, had the posts for $3 apiece. Love living in an agriculturally zoned village...P.S. Our neighbors keep quarterhorses, chickens and cattle.....could be the start of a village co-op here.......

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