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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

When Your Wrong

Okay, so I am sitting here...and laughing at myself to keep from feeling like a fool. Why am I feeling like a fool anyway???

Because I don't think things out. Because I get in such a gung ho do it go for it get it done mode I don't think about what I am doing!

So I told Ian I was going to restring the fence I had rolled up and divide Derbys area in half. I was going to put chicken wire on both sides of the old gate that had no purpose but was sticking in the ground so that the goats wouldn't get through the slats or chew up the gate, and Derby has already done enough chewing on it, thus covering both sides. After I got the posts in the ground, tied the fencing to the posts, got the chicken wire stapled to both sides of the gate, AND dragged a makeshift house over to the pen area and put it back together after disassembling it to tote it in the truckbed over to the pen area, AND put in posts and chicken wire around the one little tree over there to keep the goats from stripping it and eating it. (I do think I will keep that on there though, Derby likes to scrub on it when he is itchy and eat the leaves off what he can reach). I did all this, but before I did it, I told Ian I was going to do it and keep the goats penned for the garden season. I say...

Oh it won't kill them to stay over there til the garden is done...

He says....

I don't know about that.

He could have elaborated. He could have given me some insight. Because most of the time when I am in a frenzy to make something right, the solution is much easier than what I am doing. I just haven't thought it through. Too many years of bleaching my hair blonde I guess.

So I will tell you why he was right. At first, Troy and Eddie didnt seem to mind it. They played on the old roof that is still there on the ground from Derbys old house that was torn down in a bad storm. They tried their best to eat the tree, that seemed to keep them entertained for a while. Now it is getting late and time for bed soon. Now they are starting to realize what is going on and they don't like it. So they start trying to get out. How do goats try to get out of a fence? I will tell you how. They ram their heads as far as they can through the fence wire (this is heavy duty hog wire) and then try to pull back when they realize their whole body is not going to fit through that hole. Then the panic sets in because their horns point backwards. So yep, their heads are stuck. You would think they would learn, but we are talking about goats here. I gave them way too much credit. The thought that this might happen did cross my mind, but I put it out of my mind for some stupid reason. Listen to that little voice in the back of your mind...it helps more than you know to heed its words. Because if you don't, you will end up like me. You will end up calling up your husband as he is getting off work to admit that he was right, that the goats may very well kill themselves being penned up. Because they are not going to stop sticking their heads through that wire. No they aren't. They will try again and again to the point of exhaustion and it is way to hot for that.

I gave in, and let them back out.

Now the solution would be...to what y'all? Come on you know...

Make a better tighter higher fence around the garden...OR

Electrify it.

Now electrifying it would be the easy way to go...but will it work with stubborn goats? I have no idea. I think they would get in there anyway and that would be a waste of time too...that is what my little voice is telling me.

The only thing left to do is go get some proper higher fencing and do the job.

I don't even know if its worth the time this year since Ian is already discouraged. Weeds are taking over the garden like you wouldnt believe. He just hasnt had the time to keep it up. Then there is the fact that he left ALL the seed packets in the bucket I had put them all in over the past months as we collected them...and it rained...and they are ruined. There were some bean seeds in plastic that I bought last Fall when they were on clearance. Maybe he can get those planted. The things that he has planted from seed are not coming up. The only thing we have doing fine is the tomato plants I planted and the red potatoes and some squash plants are coming up.

SIGH....okay tell me again why I like to have animals????

Because its relaxing and they are a lot of fun, right? (Laughing at myself again)

On a better note, the emus have been really sweet to me today. I sat in a chair out there and fed them some bread. They are letting me touch them and pet them a lot more even when I don't have food. If I walk around the back they follow me around for a while. I am really loving having emus. They havent torn up anything yet as amazing as that may seem! LOL!


Time to go fix supper...just had to take a moment to say I was wrong, and I wasted a lot of time and effort these past two days for nothing.





madcobug said...

Whew! that was a lot of hard work not to work. Guess goats need dog fencing huh?

gen0507 said...

I'm wore out just thinking about all the work that you did.  I know you'll get'em in the end though.


bojgill4375 said...

We used hog panels for the miniature horses... then Gary bought some small square fence and wired it to the other one.  The horses can not put their head through it. The dogs can not get in there either.  I need to email you a photo of what I am talking about because I am not good at explaining things. lol Have a restful day. Janie

breakaway1968 said...

OH bummer!~  This is why I WILL NOT get goats ;)  Thanks for the reminder!  I actually THOUGHT about it.  It's as far as it will ever go lol.  I have to wait to see when I get the chickens out to the hen house how much time I will actually have for any other animals.  Its hard enough keeping up with the 2 cats, 2 dogs and the 20 something chickies.  Ya I'm waiting LOL  The chickies are the easiest ones.  

nelishianatl said...

My Dad used to say that I went 'as hard as I could' the wrong way.  I think you do it too.  LOL about the blonde joke.  I've never dyed my hair blonde but do have 'senior moments'.  

I would like to think that the electricity would teach them to stop.  But then again they're goats and they're butt headed.  HAHA pun intended.

I've lost my gung ho attitude.  My garden has been neglected to the point I don't think we're going to have anything.  Despite all the watering I think the heat killed our tomato's this year.  Dirk says there's hope for some other stuff.  We still have some plants we haven't had time to move from the starter pack that are root bound now.  


ally123130585918 said...

Oh Kelly all that work for nothing ~ I felt exhausted for you after you working so hard ~ I am sure you will figure it out in the end and get those goats nice and comfortable it an escape proof home ~ Ally x

wwfbison said...

How awful you did all that for nothing...and most of all to be proven wrong by Ian!!  Our goats are always sticking their heads where they don't belong and I've learned to always have a knife handy to get them out of it.  They never seem to learn LOL.  Weeds are a big problem this year up here too because of the excessive heat we've had, they are a losing battle.  I think the Emu's knew Mom needed to be TLC'd.

jimsulliv3 said...

I have the same flaw...I love animals and children (not necessarily in that order). They can both drive you nuts and my ex-wife wouldn't allow me to pen the kids when thay were bad. Whata'ya gonna do?


mosie1944 said...

Electric fence works great for goats.  I have a neighbor down the road who depends on it, has for years.  His goats have never been out that I know of.  He runs a double strand of it, so they can't try grazing under or through it.  That's your solution.

howiseeit101 said...

Always a joy reading your entries...what an experience!  Loved the blonde joke,  brain fog comes to me, too, and I'm a brunette.   Are you sure you're not an author??? outside of Jlanding that is? 'cause you sure can be one...your stories are great!