It may be hot and sunny at the moment, but our in-house maintenance team have designed and manufactured the framework and wooden slats for panels to be fitted to the sides of one of our more open plan donkey housing areas at Trow Farm. When Naughty Face barn was originally designed (named after Dr Svendsen's first donkey) we thought it would be lovely for the donkeys to have snug stables, individual run out areas and a communal feeding area. This feeding area is roofed but had open sides.
Unfortunately in winter this area is a freezing cold wind tunnel and the older donkeys were getting cold while they're in the communal area feeding so we invested in some "gale breakers" which are mesh blinds that prevent high winds whilst still letting air into the building, these were a great stop gap but did not completely solve the problem.
On Donkey Weeker barn which is also at Trow Farm, we created removable panels so that the end of the barn could be boxed in and this worked very well so this year we have made more panels to box in Naughty Face side too.
After all this work is finished, the donkeys will be snug and warm this winter and can eat their haylage and chopped fibre in comfort or just socialise with their donkey friends out of the wind and rain.