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Dale’s remodeling project continues to move along. The ceiling was the area of focus. Brett cut out inlet areas and built wooden frames, which you see here. The air will be drawn through the louvers into the room.
They also painted the ceiling with an epoxy paint which helped stopped the rust and provide coverage and protection. If you’re not familiar with epoxy paint, it’s not like your regular paint. It bonds quickly and strongly to many kinds of surfaces, including skin. Imagine my surprise (okay, that’s not the word the kids would use) when they came walking into the house, hands full of paint, wondering how they were going to get it off. The solution – plain old fashioned scrubbing. A day or two later the evidence of paint was gone, except for a few traces on Beth’s fingernails, but that just looked like polish. Thank goodness the boys were due to get haircuts, since that was the only way to get the paint out of Adam’s hair.
There is construction happening at Trails End Farm also, but ours is different from Schafers’. They are building new barns, while we are renovating an old barn for a new use. Currently our nursery pigs, those between 13 and 45 pounds, go to our neighbor’s site and then come back to our farm to be finished out. They are making some changes and so we are fixing up an old gestation barn (which previously had been a finishing barn) to become a nursery barn for our young pigs.
The first changes involved taking out all the gating, which you can see in this picture leaves an empty building. The next task is to change the ventilation so that air will be pulled through the attic and into the barn. This means the air will be warmer for the little pigs. It also means we have to change the way air comes into the barn and goes down unto the pig pens.
All this can be quite technical and requires planning, calculating and constructing but proper airflow is important for the pigs’ health and to get the best growth.
Dale and the kids have been busy working. On the warm days it gets hot in the attic, so they need to be careful, drink plenty of fluids and take breaks when needed. So far all has gone well – no snapping turtles yet!
Stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to date on the progress.