Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sheep and Llama Shelter Day 3

While I was at work Ted painted the little red barn and added a blue tarp. Just in case it rained and the ladies needed to get out of the weather. 
We went to another local business to get the galvanized metal sheets for the little red barn.  Mid Maine Metal Company in Newport, Maine can cut sheets to any length.  We decided on a plain galvanized.  No need for colored metal.  There was such a big price difference compared to Home Depot.  At home depot these sheets were $24.00 for a 3x8 sheet.  At Mid Maine Metal it was only $17.00. 
 BIG DIFFERENCE!   
We were concerned that it would be too dark inside the little red barn during the day.  How about sky lights?  Hey, they could be in the barn and watch the snow fall or star gaze at night.  
One side done.  John Deere Girl out and helping with a lift. 
We even chose a clear ridge cap to add light.

A few extra screws to hold everything in place when those cold winter winds rip down our hill and try to remove the roof.  We will add a door to the back that can be closed during the winter and opened during the warm summer months for added ventilation. 
In these pictures it looks like we are missing part of the roof.  Nope, that is the clear ridge cap and skylights.   
Ted couldn't wait, he had to move the mineral feeder into the new barn.  It is kind of cozy in here.  There is still a lot of ventilation to prevent pnumonias this winter. 

Ted couldn't wait to remove the old shelter.  He will move the manure when we dry out a bit.  We have been having rain way too frequently.  We still have to shear the sheep.  It dries out for a few days and then rains again.  The sheep need a blow out so we can start.
We still have some trim to put up and paint so the little red barn looks complete.  Ultimately we would like to run conduit and wire out so there will be lights in the little red barn. We had a heavy rain last night and all the ladies were inside enjoying their new digs.
Much Love and Prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm.

15 comments:

Ashling said...

Wow--I'm so impressed!! It took us two months to build a chicken coop, and you all have whipped up a llama shelter complete with skylight in a few days. It's a wonderful shelter--how many critters will occupy it?

Melodie said...

That is a lovely barn! Great idea with the sky lights too!

LindaSueBuhl said...

what a splendid shelter - your Ted does great work and planning - definitely needed the light inside provided by clear panel and ridge.

Jodi said...

So AWESOME! I love the sky lights. lol (I may suggest that to my husband for the shed he's building next summer. :-)

Becky said...

Those are some lucky sheep to even get skylights!! It looks great!

Danni said...

It's absolutely perfect! Don't you just love those clear roofing panels? That's what I've got covering my chicken run. With all the rain we get around here, we had to give the chickens some escape from it all that still let them outside!
Congrats on a job well done!

katiegirl said...

What a great barn!! Good job building it!!!!

Marigold said...

Wow! That Ted is fast worker. I think you ought to keep him around. Now all you need are some hay racks - and Peanuts.

farmer said...

Wow!
I'm in such need of a barn that's not 200+ years old..sigh..oh well looking on the bright side, I too have plenty of ventilation,hee hee.
You will appreciate the extra light for working in there.
looks amazing.

Michaele said...

So neat that your sheep have such a cozy place this winter. Great idea on the skylights. Good job Ted!

NancyDe said...

Very nice barn - isn't it nice to have a handy man around the place (I have one of those, too!)

jaz@octoberfarm said...

oh wow! i just found you guys and added you to my sidebar. what you are doing is my dream. and by bangor! you are just too cool. i can't wait to follow your progress!

GreyWolf said...

You guys have built a fabulous shed in only three days. Ted is a real wizard.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Well it came along very nice! Have a Happy Halloween. blessings,Kathleen

Lili said...

Now you make me wanna build a barn too except I have no critters to house! Ted is so talented, I just can't believe how fast he (and you) whipped that out! ~Lili