Tuesday, October 27, 2009

oh, finn

Finn's grown up into a polite, friendly, pack goat. He walks on a leash like he was born attached to one. He's good with strangers, calm with kids, fair to dogs (he did head butt Annie pretty hard last week, but she was right in his face barking) He's just a pleasure to be around. We don't hike as much as we did this summer, but he gets it. He has no problems carrying a pack. No complaints at all. (And trust me, if a goat doesn't want to do something, he'll let you know.) I know a few of you out there are dreaming of goats. I get emails from people who just can't wait for a Nubian and some laying hens. Well, let me vouch that a socialized goat is a charmer and easy keeper. Long as you have some patience, a big heart, and a good fence—you're set.

14 Comments:

Blogger Tara said...

You KNOW I have to chime in here in complete agreement! They are also highly addictive. Every time I see an even halfway decent goat for sale, I really, REALLY want to buy it, even though I know it's not part of the plan! I love them as much as I love my dogs, which I never thought I'd say about any animal.

October 27, 2009 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

goats are the most dog-like animal I've ever kept.

October 27, 2009 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) said...

Well I wasn't dreaming of goats just chickens till now..
vickie

October 28, 2009 at 2:13 AM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

I adore my two goats. They are so much more enjoyable than the sheep. Who'da thunk it?

October 28, 2009 at 3:01 AM  
Blogger tigress said...

i definitely dream of the day i can have a few laying hens and a couple of milking goats, and maybe a cow too! i just love reading your site and living vicariously for now, as i tend to my two cats and garden. ;)

October 28, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Jenna, I'm in the middle of "Goat Song" now - AWESOME. :)

October 28, 2009 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Karen Sue said...

Thanks for the update on Finn... fits right into the mix.

October 28, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

You bet I'm dreaming of goats! Now that we've moved to our very own homestead we're one step closer to having a couple of them.

October 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Conny said...

Oh, Finn...(long)sigh...you are so easy to love.

Thinking, thinking - how STRONG does the fence have to be??

October 28, 2009 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Conny - depends...

October 28, 2009 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Fanie said...

Goats seems to be awesome! I know a couple who owns Angora goats (They've done this for 30 years!) and they are so much in love with them. I remember they've told me they are a lot like dogs, too.

Thank you so much for writing about your experiences on the farm. Either it's good or bad, it's always interesting. :-)

October 29, 2009 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Funny Ernie said...

Aw, he's so cute! We have enough space left in our 1/2 acre for one more type of animal. I'm torn though. I'd love a goat or two for milk but we don't have someone to milk when we go out of town (that's not that often but still). I'd also love sheep but I certainly don't have room for those right now. I'm thinking about guinea's or ducks, too, for the garden. I should reconsider the goat - maybe we can figure something out......

October 29, 2009 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

Ernie, you can't have just one goat - they need companionship. That said, 1/2 acre is plenty if you are willing to provide a good deal of their food.
I have ducks and goats and I'd rather have goats any day. Ducks are not real interactive.

October 29, 2009 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

careful 'bout the guineas. I'm looking for an amenable home for my two, 2.5 acres wasn't enough for them & they've wandered into annoying the neighbors. They're confined for now and hating it. They like to range over miles. However, if you've the room they can't be beat for eating ticks (I live in Lyme Disease central). I'll be sad to have them go.

October 29, 2009 at 7:02 PM  

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