a preponderance of punctuation marks (reedrover) wrote,
a preponderance of punctuation marks

Welcome guest goats, please don't kill yourselves.

I'm boarding two bottle-baby goats this week, as a waystation between PA and southern VA. Under the approving eyes of the now-former owner, I put these kids in their own section of barn and pasture. They have hay, water, baby grain, and of course, bottles. The boy is a strong bottle-drinker, and will happily drink his, hers, and Madeline's if given the chance. The girl is absolutely ambivalent about the process, and will wander off after about eight ounces.

When I went back out tonight to check on them one more time (I fed them a few hours ago), the boy had tried to hang himself on the hayrick. The 'rick is too low for him to kill himself, but he was definitely stuck. And, oddly, Zoe had accomplished the same trick in the hayrick on the opposite wall. ::sigh:: The trick is pretty easy - prop the goat's front feet up against the wall, slide its head in where the 'rick rails are wide, and then let the goat slide down inside the gap as the rails get narrower until they close behind the goat's jaws/horns. But, of course, the goats are doing this to themselves.

It is fortunate that Achaosofkittens has lowered most of the hayricks because of the adult goats doing this same hangman move, with almost-disasterous results.
Tags: angoras, goats, kids

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