my parents came for an extended weekend visit and, whoa, did work get done! they graciously worked their butts off and helped us redo (de-white trash) our backyard. weeds had taken over the lawn and–because we didn’t have a proper run for our chickens–everything was covered in chicken poop. gross.
a goat pen was installed in the back right quarter of the yard. we plan, one day, to have two goats. goats can produce up to a quart of milk a day, which we will use for milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. they will live in the back right shed where we will build a feed/milking stand and install a barn door (opens on both top and bottom [jp is in the middle of building this right now]). the chickens’ coop was moved into this goat area where they will all live harmoniously. we will be uninstalling our compost bin we made last year and simply throw all our goods into the pen where the chickens will eat and scratch and turn it all about and poop on it and make some really good compost. fresh straw. is put over this area every so often.