Awkward Goat Moment.
Had an awkward moment this afternoon.
We were petting the goats when one of them managed to shove her head through a square in the fence! It was kind of funny at first, until we realized it was actually completely stuck. When she tried to pull her head back through the fence her horns would catch and prevent her from getting out of the headlock position.
This was when only one horn was through the fence square. Soon both horns were stuck through it.
Then it got extremely awkward when all of the male goats decided to take this prime opportunity to gang rape her. One of the long bearded pregnant female goats ran up and started repeatedly head butting all of the goats involved in the…orgy. I’m not sure if she was annoyed at the chaos or trying to rescue her female friend from repeated rape.
My girls have seen the ducks do this, but somehow it was more horrifying to them with the goats. Probably because the poor goat with her head stuck was bleating in terror!
Finally Tyler was able to hold the goat’s head tightly in the right position to shove it back through the fence.
I am very surprised at how much Tyler likes the goats. He was actually asking me questions about goat breeds and goat care. (Because obviously I’ve already over researched owning goats over the past three years, just in case…)
They are hysterically funny creatures. And friendly too! Kind of dog-like, actually. Except with “rectangly rectangle eyes that are not right” as Ada would say.
This is my favorite goat. It’s a she goat.
She *loves* to be scratched behind her horns.
This is the sassy pregnant mama goat with the beard who was doing the head butting.
The little goat just underneath the one eating the apple is named Baby Frank. He’s recently weaned.
These horses are so shy. We have yet to actually touch them, even when offering treats.
Ada didn’t want to leave the goats.
I had to tie Hank to the porch so that we could pet the goats. He barks and scares them if he follows us up there.
Luckily he doesn’t mind napping right there…for hours. When I unclipped his collar to let him free he thumped his tail and resumed snoring.
We’re building hoop coops out of cattle panels for the chickens.
This is how it looks half done, in its current state.
It still needs chicken wire on the front and back, and the super strong tarp over it. The tarps were in the mail at our house in town when I got home tonight.
I can’t wait to get it finished! Then we have to build the second one…
They are 8×8 feet, and a little over six feet tall inside. They’re so strong you can hang the feeder and waterers from the top.
I’m going to put Premier electric poultry netting around them, but I haven’t ordered it yet. I hate how expensive that stuff is!
Everyone I’ve talked to and everything I’ve read says it’s totally worth it though.
Both the electric poultry netting and the hoop coops can be moved around so that the chickens have plenty of fresh grass and bugs! Basically they’re free range chickens without the neighbor’s dogs eating them. (Hopefully.)
We sat out on the porch and watched a big thunderstorm come up over the hills.
After the storm!
This picture above was taken while standing right here, in my kitchen:
The cabin is really rustic. But in a fun, quirky way.
I can’t wait until we get our beds moved in. It already feels weird to come back to the suburb and our other house. It’s so vastly different.
I’ll choose the cabin and that view any day!
The only major, major downside is the internet. The speed is 1.5 compared to the 10 or 11 we have here in town.
1.5 is so slow that it barely functions. I’m not sure how I will upload pictures or anything. Netflix works, but it’s blurry. Even Facebook is slow to use.
That’s the best option. We explored every possibility. Maybe they’ll upgrade the service out there soon? Just a few miles away they don’t even have the ability to use wifi, so we’re lucky in that regard.
With no cable, poor internet, and living way out in the boonies we are definitely going to be in an isolated bubble. Good thing there’s lots to do outside.
By the way, because several people always ask: All the photos in this entry are iPhone pictures. I took them using the VSCO CAM app, and used the filters from PicTapGo app to adjust the contrast and everything. Those are my two all time favorite photo apps!