Monday, April 21, 2008

That was easy.

The last issue of Hobby Farms magazine contained an article about building lambing jugs that looked pretty straight forward and simple so I convinced my DH that this would be a great weekend project for us. Now, don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of cattle panels and baling twine and have used said items for many an impromptu pen, cage, enclosure...whatever, but there comes a time when you think..maybe I should just build something that is specifically designed for the intended purpose. So that we did. We improvised the plans a bit, Gary was sure that the size specifications of the plan were just going to be too small for the girls, so we made one side of each jug longer by 2 feet (expanded it to 6 ft.), and kept the other sides 4 ft. as recommended. By golly they turned out pretty darn great! And as a bonus, in spite of changing plans around and differences of opinion on some minor details, no spouses were injured in the making of these lambing jugs. The larger size will also accommodate a certain shepherd who likes to sit in the jugs with the girls and their lambs.

The great thing about these panels is that they are held together with a rod running through eye hooks on the corners, so when we are done for the season they can be taken apart easily and stacked for storage.

Now all we have to do is wait for little lambies to make their much anticipated arrival. Today is day 142 so we could see some babies later this week.

"We're gonna keep you guessing, mom"!

Okay Lovey, I will pretend I don't see that giant udder.


Anonymous said...

Your lambing jugs look amazing! I wish we had your photos to run with the article! Good luck with the lambs. ~Karen K Acevedo, editor in chief, Hobby Farms

Michelle said...

VERY nice, Corinne! Now you can come over to Boulderneigh and build me a couple. I'm going to have to figure something out soon, because Valentine looks very close to lambing.

Tammy said...

Very nice! I am impressed. Can I borrow you guys for a weekend or two? :-) I know what you mean---every year I think I'm prepared with jugs and then end up 'making do' and cobbling up a few things here and there. It would be nice to have something like this neatly tucked away and ready to use. I especially like the rod holder on the ends, so they can be easily connected. Great job.

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