Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pig Pen

Step One:  Cut down a small forest.  We're using poplar for this project, partly because it's heavy when green, and partly because there was a good sized stand close by.

Step Two:  Lay out logs, fattest to thinnest, and fat end to thin end, in a rough square.

Step Three:  Measure shortest log.  Use this to determine the where to notch the wood.

Step Four:  Notch the logs, fitting the bottom together snugly and tight to the ground.
Step Five: Nail logs together.

 Step Six: Notch and adjust subsequent rows. These don't need to be as snug.

Step Seven: Notch and cut doorway.   It's not high enough to hold a goat yet.
Beware of goat. 

Step Eight: Build door and frame. Attach.  Add supports for front wall.
Maybe now?  No goats?

View from the back
Location:  Across from the turkey pen.  Still on the trail around the yard, close to the turkey pen for water, close to the garden for scraps.

Still to do...

Step Nine:   Attach wire around top. 

Step Ten:  Lay poles for roof. Cover part with tin for shade and shelter.

And then: Await arrival of pigs. I've got a line on a kijiji ad.  Maybe...


  1. Your guys did a good job. Wouldn't a goat just eat its way out of that? lol I can't wait to see piggies.

    1. Yup, we sure did. I cut down all the trees but two, the Littles picked up a full trailer full of firewood from the tree tops, the Bigs dragged the logs out. I measured all the notches. #2 has become quite the expert at notching logs. I did a few myself as well. #1 pounded in spikes like there was no tomorrow- or rather, like the pigs might arrive tomorrow- and #2 built the door on his own.

      And then the guy sold our pigs to somebody else!

      At least we'll be ready when the next ad pops up!

      The goats could probably still climb/jump in, it's only about 3' high without the wire.

  2. Wendy - you and your boys are pretty impressive - i love the new pig pen! fingers crossed that you get one soon! off to read your tomatoe post now!

    your friend,