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Training a wild goat

Watching goats

For over a month, there have been no goat outings and no joy when I walked up to the goat barn (usually at least half a dozen times a day). So even though taking our new herd out to graze makes me melancholy now, it's also a relief.

Goats eating wild grub the way they ought to! Blue sky! Green leaves! Terror-stricken attitudes when a carefully trained dog walks by! Okay, so we could have done without that last bit, but you get the gist.

Goat reach

At least there's a new puzzle to keep me busy. Edgar came to us from a herd far too large for much human contact, so he has the aspect of a feral cat. It doesn't help that Aurora is quick to assert her herd-queen status and head butt him if he dares to eat anywhere near her regal presence.

So I've taken it slow. By the second day, our wether was willing to eat with me in the barn, by the fourth day he'd nosed my fingers in search of a handout. Day five saw me tentatively taking Aurora and Edgar out to graze in the woods --- no way could I catch the latter to collar him, but he stuck like glue to Aurora's side and was no management problem at all. Day six I petted him while he was looking the other way and Edgar didn't run off like a shot. Who knows what day seven will bring?

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Yay!! Great progress! Edgar is a cutie - can't wait for the new baby too!
Comment by Jayne Tue Feb 28 07:50:29 2017
As the old saying goes: slowly but surely does the trick. He seems like a fine goat. At least he isn't attacking you like my neighbor's did when I was trying to get him untangled from the tether he was on. My knee hasn't been the same since he headbutted me violently in my left knee. The goat's gone now to whatever goat heaven (more likely hell where he belonged!).
Comment by Nayan Tue Feb 28 08:13:39 2017
I am truly sorry for the loss of your goat. Grief will never go away. It becomes a part of it and we learn to live with it; and eventually find joy again through it. I am glad for your new goat and am looking forward to your third goat. You and your husband are two incredible human beings and I am so glad you are a part of my life.
Comment by hilary Tue Feb 28 08:39:53 2017

One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime