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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Turkey Tunnel

This past Sunday afternoon, a couple of neighbors and I made a trip to another neighbor's farm to tear down an OLD shed he had on his property.

Nobody knew for sure WHEN it was built, but it was no newer then the middle 1930's.
Nothing fancy, just an old "Buggy Shed". It hadn't sunk into the ground more then a couple of inches, and had a low clearance to begin with, so it wasn't made for "modern" vehicles. We found that only one post was actually sunk into the ground - and it was installed in the mid 1960's.

Most of the posts were just sitting on top of the ground, but the three center support posts had a small "pad" of concrete under them.

It made for easy work tearing it down.

It only took a few minutes to finish taking the sides off, and the roof on the ground so we could work on it. There were 5 of us working for around 2 1/2 hours. Everything was done, loaded on the trucks/trailers and headed out.

My part of the deal was being the one to take home all the materials....

The pile of tin from the roof alone tallied 62 pieces of good 6' tin, and 17 26" sections of tin ridge cap.

"New" Tin

This was in addition to all of the tin from the sides, and all of the lumber holding everything up.

I am planning to use some of it this week on a small shed for the Turkeys and Guineas to be able to get into, and be out of the weather. They have the "run" I made from the corn crib, but that won't keep them warm when it starts snowing.

I started building it today. It will sit about 6' away from the run, and have a "tunnel" for the bids to get back and forth. Fortunately, the air tunnel from the crib will also make a great "Turkey Tunnel" - and I needed to find a use for it anyway.

Here is what I have so far:

Turkey Shelter - So Far...

It is EARLY in the construction, so it doesn't look like much, but it will be a fine shed when I'm done. You can see the Turkey Tunnel on the right side of the photo, between the corn crib and the shed.

HOPEFULLY, I can get it finished this week - it's supposed to rain again, so who knows?

I chopped some more stalks for the goats and cows (I actually do this every day...). The goats come running when they see the truck heading for their pasture. Here is a photo of Romper and her corn stalk "cigar"...

Hey Mac! Got A Light?

It sure is nice being able to feed them stalks. They like it and it's cheap food.

I just need to remember to give Mabel a good sized pile - she eats more then all of the goats COMBINED.....


  1. I'm curious - do the cornstalks give them any nutrition, or is it just roughage?

  2. I have read several reports from S. Dakaota State University, U of Nebraska, Kansas U, K-State, and a couple of others that place a high nutritional value on corn stalks, either baled or standing. This is in addition to the "roughage" value.


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