OK! After several visits by the county inspection dude, that is what the permits say. OK to Occupy! Whoo Hoo!

I was kind of holding off on saying anything else until that came through. I really didn’t want to jinx the process.

We had a bit of a problem with the roof truss bracing. It looked great and I suppose that it would have been just fine for the many years this barn will stand. Sadly, when the guys put up the bracing, they didn’t refer to the spec sheet that the company that built the trusses sent. They have a very specific place that they want the braces placed, and it was not where the construction team put them. So after about a week of schedule shuffling a crew was sent back out to fix the issue. As you can see in the photo above the original bracings are nicely hung with metal braces tied in to the main support beam. Those are NOT the ones specified by the truss company. The ones that they wanted are the ones that are supported by the diamond shaped 2×4’s. It doesn’t look so bad on this end, but …

this end is much less asthetically pleasing. I am just happy that the inspector thought that it was good enough. Eventually I will find something to put up there so I don’t have to look at the fact that the boards don’t touch the main post.

My dear, sweet husband has been busting his hump working on the feeder, temporary walls, and the fence revision. As of last evening this is where we stood on having the barn ready for the goats to move in. This is where the goats will live now. This wall will eventually be replaced with the real wall of the milking areas. Until then this should keep them inside.

This is 16 feet of hay feeder. The goats will stick their heads thorough the slats and eat the hay out of the box in the front. This will keep the hay from being wasted on the ground. It also allows the person on the outside to feed without being crushed by a hungry hoarde of goaties.

(Good Job, Honey!)

This is the goat side of the feeder. I think we will have to make one modification to the front. The tall goats have no trouble reaching the openings, but the younger and shorter girls have a bit of difficulty popping their heads in. We will add a 2×2″  runner to the front of the feeder. This will give the girls a toe rail for them to step up onto.

The new front fence panels will tie into the barn here. There will be an access gate on the end nearest to the rock wall. This will allow us to get the tractor in and out of the pasture. (We are also working on the drainage issues.)

This is where the back side of the fence will tie into the barn area. As you can see, we also have a fresh load of  “Goat Toys” courtesy of the rewiring job near where my husband works. We just have to patch up the holes on the ends before the girls can play on them. We don’t want any feet or legs getting caught in the spool holes.