Setting up the goat electric fence
We finally hooked up the temporary electric fencing
as a way of leaving the goats alone in the garden unattended. Okay, so I
sat with the herd for an hour first while Lamb Chop learned that the
fence bites (this took four tries and he finally ended up lying in the
middle of the temporary pasture with a very glum look on his
face). And even after that, I checked in every five minutes just in
case. But both Artemesia and Abigail came from electric-fence-friendly
households and gave the netting a wide berth. No need to re-up any
When Daddy "lent" us this
electric fence system, he included a solar charger. I'm no sure if the
battery had died in his charger while it had been sitting in his shed
for a few years or what, but we had no luck getting the solar charger to
work. A new plug-in charger
won't let us fence the goats as far afield, but it worked like a charm
(even though Mark had to test the wire with his fingers since our fence tester apparently doesn't work either).
The electric fence will definitely have a niche in our goat-grazing campaign, but I have to admit that I find tethering
simpler to set up and easier to manage. Sure, Lamb Chop can't nurse
while he's tethered, and it would be tougher to tether goats in areas
with high weeds or brush, but for grazing little corners of our core
homestead, the tethers seem to be the way to go. After all, I don't
trust our girls alone in the garden even with an electric shock standing
between them and my cabbages, so I might as well just let them graze
while I weed and keep my blood pressure low.
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