Although American Guinea Hogs (AGH) are hardy little critters, and although the area inside their enclosure is riddled with shade trees, I knew they'd need a permanent shelter in which they can avoid inclement weather. Also, although our winters are moderate compared to many areas of the United States, when the cold arrives, they'll need a place to huddle beneath the straw for warmth, and a place to farrow in comfort.
So I set out to find a plan for construction. I located numerous plans online, even printing a few, before choosing to take what I liked from some, made some modifications (in my mind), developed a materials list, and headed to the hardware store for lumber and such.
As is usually the case, I grossly underestimated my cost and eventually wound up spending in the neighborhood of $700. Ouch. But at least there is now a hog house that should last for years (I hope). I'm no carpenter by any stretch of the imagination, but working mostly alone (though my grandson Tomas was an excellent helper, handing PawPaw exactly one screw at a time, and both Cory and Patti were great help at times when I couldn't install boards too long to handle, or do the roofing by myself), I managed to complete the house in a little more than two full days, including trips to the store.
What follows is a complete photo gallery illustrating each step of the way. Questions? Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to answer them.
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Boy, we've had a tough go of it in the garden this year so far! From unseasonably cold weather to day after day of 4-inches-at-a-pop rain, and we've found ourselves replanting time after time. In fact, we've replanted everything twice, and some items three times. We'll soon even plant some now empty spots for a fourth time in the corn and snap bean rows!
But we finally got a break in the torrential rainfall for just a few days, and yesterday we were able to do a little maintenance work in our main garden plot. Here are the photos taken yesterday, showing our progress:
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