Monday, October 15, 2012

Naughty Goats

When I posted a few photos of the goats getting into the chicken coop on my other blog I thought it was funny - cute even.  Now - not so funny anymore.  I heard stories of the difficulties of putting chickens and goats together, but I knew people did it, and I fell into the category of, 'it won't happen to me,'or 'I'm sure I'll figure it out.'  Well it happened to me.

The goats have now discovered the source of the chickens dashing good looks is their never ending supply of store bought chicken crumbs.  Not only are they climbing in the coop, but on the coop, under the coop, and into the food container. They are scaring the chickens out of the nest box and generally causing chicken mayhem.

Today we came out and found Bell like this...

Not super concerned about the thing on her head she just kept eating...

It was like a dog with one of those collars on...

Since we are in the process of building a new chicken coop, we now have the opportunity to maybe fix this problem, so we made the door really small...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's small enough.

Is there any mayhem in your backyard farm this week?

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  1. Haha, I needed a little laugh this afternoon. Good luck and I hope it all works the way you intend it to.

  2. Oh my gosh. I am cracking up over this! Funniest thing I've seen in a LONG time. I really want goats! I love how small you made the new pop door. Inspired! Haha :)

    1. Goat are quite funny so far! Until they get into real trouble!

  3. The "Cone of Shame" on a goat. Priceless!

  4. Well, she sort of got what she deserved...

  5. This sums up goats! The money we put into fencing for those irresistible creatures! We love them so much but WOW are they mischievous little guys!

  6. Oh too funny! Maybe we'll wait a bit on the goats....

  7. Ha! We inherited four goats with our new place, and are planning on adding chickens next spring. I was planning on cross-fencing and keeping the goats out anyway, but I didn't have a good reason other than "I think you're just supposed to..."

    Now I do! Thanks!


  8. Too funny! I had to reduce the size of the pop door TWICE after we got a goat. It's amazing how small they can get when they want chicken food!

  9. When I drove in the driveway the other day my 4 goats came around the barn and down the driveway to meet me. It has been over a year since they got out, so was surprised to see them. I found the spot where they got out and called grandson to come repair the spot for me. I do love them running around but after 4 years of getting out they started going down to the road and it freaked drivers out and we spent a week finding all their excape places. I was just glad it was not a hole in the fence big enough for my blind horse to get thru, although she stays away from the fence except eating time. Love the goats but they can be a pain sometimes.

  10. I love my goats to, but sometimes I just wanna send them off to freezer camp! I have never had such a frustrating animal in my life! I have cats, a dog, chickens, chicks, guineas and only 2 goats. They are MORE WORK than all the others put together. Constantly getting into places I do my best to keep them out of. Eating any and all the chicken feed they can get to. I had to fence in around the underside of our coop and put the feed in dishes far enough in to keep them from reaching it. Tonight they tore down the fencing and helped themselves. I was FIT to be tied. Everyday it's something with them. If I had it to do over, I'd pass on being a goat owner. It's like having a naughty dog that NEVER learns. They are hard headed and stubborn, I imagine like a donkey. Someday's I just don't even want to get out of bed....