|Don't let the face fool you|
Surprise is one of those critters who refuses to acknowledge the routine. She'll holler and shove and push, and generally get in the way during feeding time, unless she spots the gate open and then zoom, out she goes. Most of our gates have slide bolt latches, except for one which is chained. Every morning she tries to see if she can undo that chain. She has a 6th sense when it comes to anything I don't want her to do, or to get into. That is the very thing she immediately hones in on and goes for. For example, the goats haven't been allowed into the back pasture (the one we're working on improving) because of this...
|Plastic covered straw pile|
Under the plastic is dirty straw and discarded hay from cleaning out the barn. I plan to scatter it over the pasture seed we'll plant after we get our soil test results. Any time Surprise is in the back field, she makes a beeline to this pile and pulls the plastic off. The more brick and rocks I have holding it down, the more determined she is to do it. The chickens then proceed to scatter straw all over the place, which I do not want.
The other day the boys were grazing in the front, so I wanted to let the girls in the back. To keep Surprise from pulling the plastic off, I decided to try a goat deterrent.
|My goat deterrent|
Somewhat satisfied, I opened the gate and let the girls in.
|Jasmine & Surprise check out the odd pile|
|Jasmine's already losing interest but Surprise is taking a closer look.|
|A squirt with the hose is always the deciding factor.|
They go off and I do too. I know better than to be gone too long however and return to find this...
|Sneaking around to the other side to try to get at that plastic!|
She had snuck around to the other side to see if she could get at the plastic without me noticing. Needless to say she had no success and gave up. Score one for me. Finally!
Do you have a most annoying goat?
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