Prototype sheep shelter

Sheep and siteWe need a sheep shelter – somewhere for the ewes to lamb in in the spring. Although we built the alpaca shelter last Christmas it was sort of a kit in that all the pieces came together – but there weren’t any instructions! It is cheaper and more satisfying to build our own shelter so that is what we will do this Christmas holiday. But before we build the big shelter we wanted to try out a little one.

So James made this:

James making the sheep shelter

It is the best constructed, cutest sheep shelter I can imagine. I think it will outlive us. He used fence panels and posts and corrugated iron for the roof. For someone who doesn’t think he can build things he has done an amazing job.

shelter2Putting the roof onHe spent quite a while working out how to support the roof with wood and it all seems to work. Once the big shelter is finished we will get some lime to put on the floors of all our shelters as this is meant to be good. And then we can start thinking about a goat shelter maybe ……

ShelterJames and shelter

We are now ready to tackle the big shelter ready for these cute sheep to have even cuter lambs in – hopefully

three sheep

The ram seems to have tupped all the sheep, but we are keeping him until January to be sure

Ram and friend

Well Done James xx

7 responses to “Prototype sheep shelter

  1. That is one bobby-dazzler sheep-shelter! I wonder if he’s used as many nails as my husband tends to do!!!
    Christine

    • I think that one day in the very very distant future when the wood finally rots away there will be left the skeleton of a sheep shelter made entirely out of nails. So yes, I think he did use a lot of nails!

  2. Awesome! Love it all! So creative and functional.
    I enjoy all of your postings yet feel compelled to respond today.
    This blog entertains me I must admit.

    Love to you both.

    Still dreaming of a visit to see you. Not sure when.
    Julie

  3. For someone who thinks he is just tinkering with wood and tin and nails I must say he does one bang up job. You know, there are known tinkerers in his immediate family background – his grandfather, great grandfather – and of his great-grandfather’s brothers, dad, uncles, we’ve been told, some were itinerant carpenters – all on the Iosbaker side of the family that is. So perhaps this sort of thing does actually come through some strand of DNA. Not to mention his Uncle Bill who has taking tinkering to the next level in the decades of his working life and become a master craftsman by watching and working along those who were masters and finally being trained in certain aspects of tradecraft. Just a matter of trying, doing, failing, trying again. What fortitude it takes and the belief you can make something happen. Love this part of James. He’s been this way for a very long time. Perhaps his love of the animals and knowing they need shelter inspires him as well to keep at something he hasn’t done before. However it is, I love him and thank you for sharing this story about him…and the sheep of course. Always love hearing about and seeing the sheep.

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