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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Goat problems

Papa and J are off to feed Renaldo, and his bully pen mates, Donatello and Edgar. Grandma is on her way to Wal mart.

Poor Renaldo is having trouble with his pen mates. They aren't letting him eat. We were there yesterday and saw for our selves that when he went to the feeder they pushed him out. Very sad. Frank (Sophie's dad) moved one of the feeders to a different spot so hopefully he can gobble down enough before they scarf theirs and head over for his. He is a little dairy goat, and they are both big ol mean meat goats so he is out numbered and out sized. We are worried about him. If things don't improve he might have to move out and find a new friend to share a pen with.

2 comments:

Able Oaks Dairy Goats said...

I find that putting out extra feed bowls that are well spaced helps solve the problem of passive goats getting intimidated off their chow. You need to space the bowls about 10 feet apart and put out 2 or 3 extra bowls. That way, when a goat gets knocked off his bowl, there's another one available. And when a more aggressive goat decides that he wants to dominate that bowl over there--he has to give up the one under his nose here.

Suzanne said...

I think it's sad too when one of the animals doesn't get to eat. It's usually the runt, right?

How fun that your parents are visiting! I hope you're all having a great time! :)