I moved the geese this winter to two huge outside pens, providing a lovely enclosed three sided A frame wooden hut for them with straw bedding.. its huge, a full sheet of plywood in length, will they use it
Its so cold right now I have been all grrrrrr but I do NOT want to give them a stall in the barn again this year, they did not like it, I did not like it etc
So as I glared at them and their lift a foot, hunker down in the open dumb bleep-bleeps
I put my thinking cap on and yesterday. they got straw bale instant shelter built right where they want to bed down.
Its pure function, nothing pretty about it, put up a solid back, two bales of straw for height with another piece of solid wood on top as a roof and the middle get some nice clean bedding to keep them off the snow.
After looking at it, I added in two more bales to create a 3 quarter wall in the front with a doorway..
So will they use THIS!
Why, yes they will and very pleased about it they were! there now, I can stop worrying that they are cold and without proper shelter
If there is one thing a farmer figures out pretty quickly, if you are willing to lock up your critters, yes you can make them do things but when they are given a choice.. its all about making it work for them, cause otherwise, they will not use it.