Sunday, February 15, 2015

why our pens are heavy

Our first mobile pens, 12? 13? Years ago were impossible to move. It took 4 of us to move the thing each day.

Many redesigns have occurred, especially to the wheel structure. The pens get lifted on the wheel structure and balanced can move over rocks, divots and large grass tufts.

We have been in possession of some smaller pens, used only for holding birds ready for auction. These older pens just kinda drag across the ground and are a real challenge to move. Yesterday they held roosters and a couple of 5 year old laying hens who are no longer producing eggs.

Yesterday I posted pictures of the pens as the sun was setting.

The pen to the left in this group: painted green and orange, small, rectangular was relocated over night.

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour happened over night. The redesigned pens stayed in place. But the old pen, that we had realized did not work for us, proved again how much it did not work for us.

If you look closely you can see the pen off in the distance. The wind relocated it. Only the roosters were visible this morning. Its currently 1° with ridiculous wind chill factor. All our trees stood, the roof on our house and all other buildings held, and all other livestock are good. These are the days that test farm infrastructure, and what we design to withstand.

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