Thursday, June 28, 2012

goat walks

My goats don't have a pasture. They live in a pen with an indoor/outdoor combo run with fences. But goats are browsers, natural herbivores and to them Washington COunty is a large buffet when it is this green. So my goats go on walks up and down the county road, to eat the apple trees and weeds along the sidelines. Bonita is a fan of these walks, and Francis is learning a collar and lead aren't a noose one shrub at a time...

14 Comments:

Blogger dr momi said...

....very nice looking dairy goat!

June 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

thanks doc!

She was a bit thin when she moved here, and producing up to a gallon and a half a day. Now she is at a better weight and down to a little under a gallon. But still plenty of milk and cheese for a one-woman farm.

June 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger aerogramme said...

looks like it is time to get them trained for being tethered.

June 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

do a lot of you folks tie out your goats? I worry about them getting in hot water or hurt if I am not there with them? Plus, I really like our goat walks!

June 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

I liked goat walks, too. Quite often I would walk them down the driveway and put them in the front pasture to eat the broadleaf plants. They could have lived out there, truthfully, as there was so much for them to eat. But they were always happy to get back to their pen and shelter.

But this is always what I wanted to do... train them to a cart:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qLa-8Mul9I&feature=g-vrec

June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger luckybunny said...

I tether, but only when I'm there to watch so they don't tangle or something. I tether my mini horse too, but he's fine to leave, he's an old pro.. and the odd time he's gotten loose, he just runs to his pen and puts himself away! I guess freedom doesn't suit him! She is a lovely goat, I'm still so excited you got goats!

June 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I have two baby goats they stay in a pen most of the day. I enjoy my walks in the woods/backyard with my babies. I don't leash them until we get close to their pen but they are so happy and fun to watch, and who doesn't need some time in the woods to chill ☺

June 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Welcome Comfort Farm said...

I tether, but only when home to supervise. Walks are the best though! Great for them AND us!

June 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next time you're logging deciduous trees cut them some branches. If the weather cooperates you can even dry leaves on branches for a winter goat treat.

June 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jenna me and the wife think you are do9ing a great job at your farm we love to read your blogs we have a small farm to and love it

June 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Marcie said...

Our goats would forage on the blackberry bushes on their escapdes outside the fence. Happy goats have purple lips -

June 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Kathryn said...

I'm trying to leash train my girls. I love your description of a "noose one bush at a time!" They don't work them selves into a panic anymore about the leash, which is good.

June 29, 2012 at 2:06 AM  
Anonymous cowgirl said...

What a lovely animal!

Years ago I had "Eunice", a beautiful Saanen. She tethered well. I did keep an eye on her and wouldn't leave her on the rope at night because of predators. She was a lovely goat....came in my house at times even...sigh.

Goats are the best lawn-mowers! I am wary of Johnes Disease, so I don't have goats anymore, but if I had no bovines, the caprines would return!

June 29, 2012 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

We don't tether - they hate it and it makes me nervous. We put ours out in electric netting or we walk them around the property off-leash. They always stay close to us, but we're not walking them anywhere near any roads - if we were, they'd be leashed for sure. Those girls sure are looking good!

June 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM  

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