Wednesday, December 14, 2011


K had developed an elaborate scheme for setting up temporary fencing to give the goats more areas for grazing, and to give me less areas for mowing, chain sawing, weed whacking, etc. . . As well-conceived an idea as that was, I thought my idea was better: give the goats unfettered access to all areas by offering them free ingress and egress from their pasture.

It took very little convincing to get them to expand their horizons. The books we have read say that, while they will generally eat about any type of greenery, they definitely have preferences. They seem to really enjoy dried leaves, and their crunching and devouring of dried leaves has led K to refer to them as "goat potato chips." But they don't really seem to have a method to their madness. For the time being, they are like residents of a third-world country cut loose at an all-you-can-eat buffet. They wander around with their eyes wide at the bounty before them. They cruise around, checking out different spots and sampling the offerings.

We may look out to find them poking around in the wildflower area.

They will sometimes cruise into the "front" yard.

All-in-all, it is a great plan, at least until they show up in your neighbor's barn camouflaged within his herd, or on the front porch.

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