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Do goats REALLY eat anything?
April 6, 2013
11:31 pm
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DebDonahue
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It's been a long time since I lived on a farm, and even then, we only had chickens, cattle, pigs and rabbits, so I don't really know much about goats.  My cousin used to have milk goats so I guess I could ask her, but since I just discovered this wonderful new place, I thought I would ask.

So, the reason I'm asking is kind of silly, you might think. I'm writing a cozy mystery novel set on a farm that has been turned into an artist's retreat, but still has the odd assortment of animals that need to be fed, milked, etc.  One idea I had is that in order to get rid of a computer thumb drive which contains evidence, the murderer tries to feed the thumb drive to the goat.

Would a goat be able to eat something like that if fed a handful of grain with it?  The thumb drives I'm thinking of are only about an inch 1/2 long by 1/3 inch wide. If the goat would eat it, would the item have any chance at all of making it through her digestive system, or would it get hung up on the intestines or somewhere?  I don't want there to be any damage done to the goat--even if it is only a fiction one on paper!

Thanks in advance for any advice you might offer.

Deb

April 7, 2013
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Errrr... Hey Deb, welcome to the site, I see that you posted in the Introduce Yourself thread too, so I'm sure you'll get more welcomes there too.  I also bet there are a lot of folks here with amusing stories about farms and farm animals, most especially Suzanne herself. 

In answer to your goat question, no, goats will not eat just anything.  They mouth a lot of things though, nibble the edges of the pages of a book or paper, so the whole, the goat ate my homework can actually be used by a human kid in school, and they love cookies and such things, but probably not anything as large as an average sized thumb drive.  The whole tin-can thing is probably based on a goat nibbling the label off of a can, but never the can itself. I could see a chicken grabbing it and running away with it, and the other chickens chasing it thinking it's a bug of some kind.  Chickens DO do that. 

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April 8, 2013
12:26 pm
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Thanks, Buckeye Girl.  I was afraid that would be the case.  Thanks so much for confirming.  I do have three chickens in the book (Winken, Blinken and Nod) and Red the rooster, so I might be able to implement your idea of "the chicken did it."

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I also have two dogs in the story, so could easily have one of them bury it like a bone, but I was trying to go for something a little less conventional.

 

I am enjoying getting to know everyone here.

 

Deb

 

April 9, 2013
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bonita
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ohh Deb, cozy fan here. ( so far I've gone through chocolate, tea, white house chef, cheese, and diva. . . ) Got a stack of cozies TBR. What name do you write under? And, where is the 'farm'? and where are you? (I'm in Chicago)

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April 9, 2013
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I learned something new today.  I had to google what a cozy mystery was, I had never heard of it, and I managed used bookstores for many years. 

What a delightful concept in genre fiction!  I wish these were noted as such when my grandmother was still around, she would have loved them!

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April 9, 2013
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I write cozies under Deb Donahue.  There's only one book out right now which is more of a romantic suspense than a cozy and it's only out as an ebook.  It's called Chasing Nightmares.  I had another published in Germany (Loooong story smiley-rabbit) but it isn't distributed in the states.

I am expecting the first book in the cozy series to be done and published by the end of this year and hope to have it available in print as well.

Right now I am in Seattle completing the sale of a condo I have there, but my home is in LaSalle IL which is about 2 or 3 hours from Chicago.  I did live in Chicago for four years and loved it, but I guess I am a country girl at heart and feel a need to get back to my roots.  I won't be on a farm anymore, unfortunately, since I am staying with my mother right now to help her and she doesn't want to leave her little house in town.

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ohh Deb, cozy fan here. ( so far I've gone through chocolate, tea, white house chef, cheese, and diva. . . ) Got a stack of cozies TBR. What name do you write under? And, where is the 'farm'? and where are you? (I'm in Chicago)

April 9, 2013
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The fun thing about cozies is that they come in so many sub-genres.  There are bakery cozies and craft cozies and paranormal cozies.  The list is endless. There are even series that have a dog or cat as the main detective.

My dog Sophie would love to have her own cozie series.

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Deb

 

I learned something new today.  I had to google what a cozy mystery was, I had never heard of it, and I managed used bookstores for many years. 

What a delightful concept in genre fiction!  I wish these were noted as such when my grandmother was still around, she would have loved them!

April 9, 2013
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Goats are super picky eaters in my personal experience.  Besides the best way to prevent a goat from eating something is to feed it to  them.  Mine would never eat what I wanted them to.  I repeatedly shooed them away from the multiflora roses and within a month they mowed them to the ground.  I always thought that goats were a perfect example of reverse psychology.

April 11, 2013
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just an aside: Anyone interested in cozy mysteries that center on food (and include recipes) might want to visit: http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com/

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April 12, 2013
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bonita said
"just an aside: Anyone interested in cozy mysteries that center on food (and include recipes) might want to visit: http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com/"

Just shared on Pinterest--thanks, Bonita!

Deb

May 13, 2013
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Since the setting is an old farm, When the farrier is out there to shoe the horse you could drop the thumb drive into his forge fire. That would completely distroy any data.

May 14, 2013
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oh, Ross, such a hot plot twist

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May 14, 2013
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love that idea.  Thanks.

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