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Monday, June 27, 2016

New digs

The boys have been separated until the bucklings' new aprons come in. They are not happy about it, spending most of their day close to the fence where they can see the does.  Today there's a newly fenced portion.  It the buck area, and give them access to a lot of browse. 

I thought it was going to be difficult to get them to move, but I had forgotten about follow-the-leader. When I came through the paddock from the barn with the weed whacker in my hands, I became the Pied Piper. Once Fiore followed, so did the young ones. Within moments they had spied the thick browse, and happily settled in under the shady trees.

Meanwhile, I finished cleaning up under the SmartFence, attached it to the hotwire in the buck pasture, carried water to the side of the shelter, strung a wire across the entrance to the paddock area, and closed the gate.   

It was so simple, I ought to feel bad—but I don’t.  Now all I have to do is monitor the old welded-wire fence that edges the driveway.  With a little luck, it will take them a while to notice it since there’s so much good forage under the trees.


  1. All those weeds look like goat paradise.

  2. We have a local farm that rents out their goats to people who need to clear their yards of weeds and brush! Called "Goats to Go" or something like that. They are becoming quite popular. I'm wondering if you have predator problems? We have coyote around here. Lost our little rooster a few weeks ago. We were heartbroken - he was a lot like your little silkie rooster that I read about at the beginning of your blogging. He had a bum foot too! We called him "Skip" because of the way he would skip along to keep up with the big girls. He was our only bantam type chicken and he was our favorite. Do these fences keep coyote away?

    1. We have a lot of coyotes here; you can hear them howling, sometimes very close, at night. So far I've not had any problems with them, and whether that's the fencing or something else, I can't say. Foxes, skunks, and weasels are a different story. I lost chickens and geese to their predations. No birds now, and my goats range far and wide.


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