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farm report: building a farrowing hut (pic)

paul wheaton
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I had to upload this picture, so I thought I might as well point it out here:



This is my son, Dane, helping me build a duplex farrowing hut: a place for mama pigs to give birth to babies. It's on skids so I can drag it around the farm.

This next pic is of Dane (age 13) doing a little arc welding:



He's welding a piece of scrap metal onto a 3/4 inch thick piece of cable that will be run through the skids to give something for the tractor to attach to to drag the hut.

I thought it would take us a two days to build the hut, but it has taken over a week and it still isn't done. The first mama pig couldn't wait:



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Ilja Preuss
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Cute! The baby pigs, I mean.


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fred rosenberger
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Shouldn't your son be wearing more protection? In college, i was welding in the scene shop, when a nice little ball of molten metal landed in the little slit between my pants and my shoe, burning a hole through my sock and then down into my skin...

i now have a nice dime-size scar on my ankle. granted, not a debilitating injury, but it sure hurt like a mother for a few days...


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paul wheaton
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Cotton pants do a good job of deflecting burning materials.

In other news: the farrowing hut is done. Anybody want to see pics?
kayal cox
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sure....
Ryan McGuire
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Originally posted by fred rosenberger:
Shouldn't your son be wearing more protection? In college, i was welding in the scene shop, when a nice little ball of molten metal landed in the little slit between my pants and my shoe, burning a hole through my sock and then down into my skin...

i now have a nice dime-size scar on my ankle. granted, not a debilitating injury, but it sure hurt like a mother for a few days...


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paul wheaton
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I made a little web page out of it: http://www.richsoil.com/sleds/pigs/farrowing_hut.jsp
kayal cox
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Very nice. I liked the character of "Dane, the serf" the best! Isn't anybody gonna overthrow Evil Emporer so Dane can become the Just and Kind King?
 
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