|City backyard with the fence built to neighborhood regulations. |
We're tucked inside suburbia.
My husband is here with his grand-nephew and his Aunt
who is visiting from the Washington D.C. area.
Actually, I'd rather have sprawling land with a tiny house on it.
As a city person, I can tell you that, very often, my fellow city people (and I've been included in this bunch) feel incredibly independent and cutting edge in their character, yet the truth is that they are crammed together like sardines with full dependency on purchased resources for survival. Life is commercialized to the hilt and you don't have to think too much about fencing because it is usually taken care of for you due to your closed-in environment.
But, for us, having acreage has prompted us contemplate the need for fencing. Eventually, I would like to have a few goats. I must have been a closet farmer all along because I've been fascinated with chickens and goats and other farm animals for longer than I can remember. But, after I study different fencing for different kinds of animals, I walk away feeling more confused than ever. To add to the confusion is each person's differing opinion on fencing materials.
|A picture I took while visiting a farm.|
What about bad weather, mud puddles and electricity or a grounding system that goes awry? What about a snapped wire that needs repair?
|I took this picture going thru a small two-acre farm outside of Houston.|
This area is for the chickens and that is electrical fencing.
We saw several chickens zapped while standing there.
I am learning about cross-fencing and different areas that will need to be cordoned off to separate the babies from the regular adult population of animals. Fences. Fences. Fences.
|At a farm checking it out...picture taken as I was walking through the baby-pen.|
|I love this look - the fence seems to be very sturdy. (Photo from goating site).|
|This fence is supposed to be good for goats. (Photo from goating site).|
One of our concerns are the creeks that run through the property. Since the creeks, bluffs, etc., do break up our land in places, we'll have to fence more sections to avoid the creeks. But, we will be fortunate enough to be able to run a pump from the Spring fed creek to a trough for watering. I think.
We have so many trees on our land that we'll need to incorporate them into our fencing. Learning how to do this will be the challenge. More importantly, we have an area of land that we are dedicating to grow pine trees for farm usage. As time passes, we'll figure out all the ways that pine trees can be utilized, but we've been trying to get opinions on rustic fencing made partly with pine tree posts. I've heard that they do not last long, but since we have abundant pines, it is a free resource from the land.
|I like this fence - I took this picture last month at a babyshower we attended.|
|I didn't ask, but am interested in the kind of wood they used |
and the way they attached it.
|An interesting fence with a mix of modern steel and rustic wood.|
|I wonder how long the wood pickets will last and what equipment we'll |
need to do this on our land? Also, would pine tree slabs be
workable for fencing? We have plenty
of pine wood on our land, so I'd like to utilize it in every way possible.
Since goats are notorious for being escape artists, we'll need to make sure the fencing is nicely built, sturdy enough to withstand their bumping and rubbing against it and the fence should help discourage climbing. I've heard that putting a running board along the fence will serve as a buffer for their rubbing and bumping so that the actual fence can be spared.
We have a lot to consider and fencing systems are definitely a part of our farm-land master plan. I'm sure it'll be another area of trial and error for our Farm Life Lessons. However, I hope that we have lots of successful trials and minimal error due to good research and solid advice from others experienced in good fencing.
So, feel free to give your personal opinions on fencing. We have cleaned out our ears and are listening closely!