Building a Goat Barn #11: Starting on the Paddock Fence

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Blog entry by David Bareford posted 08-06-2014 01:42 PM 2090 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Testing Out the Reciprocal Frame Rafters Part 11 of Building a Goat Barn series Part 12: Barn Raising Day! »

The barn raising is Saturday, so in the meantime, I’m attending to some other related things that need to be done, but that won’t get in the way of the ladders, braces, and people that will need to be in and around the structure in order to get the rafters in the air. So, I’ve been done smaller projects like building out the next boxes for the chicken coop, teaching my wife how to stack the rafters, etc.

Another big project that needs doing is the paddock, the holding and working area for the goats just outside the barn. I was planning on purchasing premade treated posts to hold up the 48” wire fence, but a check with my CFO showed that the reserve expense account was running low, the unfortunate victim of an earlier refrigerator failure and a ruined carpet due to a water leak this past Spring. So, it was back to the woods:

These are some of the fence poles cut to length, peeled at the bottom, and treated with Green Coat wood preserative. While this was more work thatn premade poles (and about three times as heavy), it was also free and follows the from-the-land concept that has guided the rest of the prject. So, it’s all good.

And now, on to the ugly chore of hacked out fence lines through the underbrush:

Is there any wonder why I need goats??

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#1 posted 08-06-2014 03:42 PM

“While this was more work thatn premade poles (and about three times as heavy), it was also free..”

Well, it wasn’t really free – right? You had to provide the additional labor, time, and material (green coat) to make the posts. In the end though, you’ll probably have a better looking fence and people who see it will probably be thinking, “I wish I had time to make my own posts instead of using those store-bought pressure treated ones.”

-- woodNfish

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David Bareford

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 04:21 PM


That’s definitely true. The green coat was already a sunk cost (I had some left over from the in-ground barn posts), so the only new monetary outlay was for the fence wire, but I certainly paid for the posts in my muscles the next morning!

I appreciate the sentiment that the posts will look better—they are certainly beefier than the ones I was planning to buy, so I think the fence will be the stronger for it, although ultimately I may have to replace it sooner than I would a commercially-treated product.

And the silver lining is that by waiting a day to buy the wire, the farm supply store sent out a email flyer with a coupon for $35 off the fencing! So, a net win, I think.

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#3 posted 08-07-2014 05:54 AM


You certainly have a lot of energy. You make us tired just reading all the work you’re doing. Can’t wait until the weekend is over and we can see the roof raised!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 05:42 AM

I missed your last two blogs and am now up to date.

My daughter has two goats and they can really keep the wild pushed back for you.

I’m more of a weedeater, machete and chainsaw kinda guy to keep thing at a distance.

The coyote’s have been loud and getting closer lately this year. They got one of my chickens last week. Hope you don’t have that problem where you live…...................

-- mike...............

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David Bareford

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 01:12 PM


We do indeed have coyotes in our area, and the occasional cougar. Because of this issue, our first purchase on this process was an Akbash puppy (a livestock guardian breed). Zeus is now 4 months old (and over 40 lbs!) and lives with our chickens in their run until he has some larger livestock to guard. Hopefully he and good fences will keep the predators at bay.

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#6 posted 08-13-2014 12:09 AM

Sounds like you have a great dog there David.

We have a Golden Retriever and I am sure if she saw any Coyote on the property, she would want to play ball with them…...........

-- mike...............

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