Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Manger One is Finished
Finally got the top finished for the first manger. It took me all day fighting the 50 MPH winds and a complete lack of anything suitable for a top until I finally got something banged together.
My first thought was to use a sheet of aluminum but I couldn't find anyone around who carried an aluminum sheet in 4 foot sections. Best I could find without ordering it in were 3 foot sections. I then thought about using galvanized 18ga. steel but decided that was pushing the weight too far. Roofing sheets were out because I couldn't figure out a way to hinge them with the ridges and valleys. Finally I remembered I had seen a couple of old road signs down in the loafing shed.
Where they came from I couldn't tell you. I had to cut one in half with the jig saw and then over lap the two pieces to get one 4 foot by 18 inch sheet after riveting them together.
That was kinda fun as I haven't riveted anything in years. Gave me a reason to get the little anvil I bought a couple weeks ago out and put it to use too.
I am not completely convinced the little roof is actually worth the trouble at this point though. The sheep rarely let hay go uneaten for very long when it is off the ground anyway. I have enough materials to put a roof on the second manger but I might just forego it on the next two and see how it works.
If I am forced to buy a couple of sheets of aluminum it will certainly increase the cost and I am not about to go out looking for unattended roadsigns either. I am also thinking the next two mangers might work better done in a smaller size that I can just leave out permanently for the rams so finding top material won't be as much of an issue.
It took about a minute before the chickens heard me out there messing around and came running. I guess they, like the sheep, hoped I was spreading grainly goodness in my path every where I go.
I swear I have more supervisors than a brand new government employee these days.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!