Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ebony Up Against the Fence

This last month has been a delightful.  Our young chicks are growing out well.  We ended up with about 75 of the little guys (estimating).  All but the very last hatch (just 6 peeps) are out and on green pastures now. 
The goats are doing very well and have become extremely friendly and needy.  All four of them come running when we exit the house and when I enter their pen they all clamor for my attention.  Ebony is very fond of me scratching behind her ears, on her neck and down her sides.  Daisy thinks she is a lapdog and wants to be in my arms anytime I will allow it.  Blossom is the most stand-offish but will also seek me out for pats and scratches when the other goats back off.  Little Gossip is determined to find "treats" each time she sees me, and is not so much into the affection as the others but she is still not shy in the least. 
Here is Ebony peeking out the barn window.  She is impatient that I'm coming out at 7am today, instead of 6:30 to give them their grain.  She waits inside, by the feeder to show me my mistake.
After they eat their morning grain, all the goats like to go rub their fur on the fence.  Here Ebony is really getting into the action.  When I first saw them do this, I was afraid something was wrong, but the other goats quickly picked up the habit after watching Ebony, so I think the wire just feels good.

Here is Blossom getting in on the fence action.
Here my 2 year old is leading Daisy out on a collar.  I only allow collars and leashes to be worn when I am standing close by to supervise.  They help in getting the goats back to their pens after they graze around the yard.   Gossip is in the back there.