One of the ways I’ve had trouble with escapees in the barnyard is this hay feeder. Last week, I had it thoroughly barricaded, from the ends, and from the front on the barnyard side, with more boards. Chloe as well as the goats have been using the feeder to slip through to the field on the other side–and then escape from there. Now that I’ve got electric in the front barnyard, I can keep them from slipping under the fence–and I’ve got the feeder route blocked, too.


I know, they’ll think of something else next…..

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on April 16, 2014  

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  1. 4-16

    Why do they always try to get out? Just because they can? Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence?
    Just trying to figure out goat brains…hahaha

  2. 4-16

    They’re goats. That’s how they roll! :D

  3. 4-16

    Electric braid, 1/2″ and bright yellow, is the only way I can keep my guys in. If there’s something I don’t want them into, I string some of the braid, no electric needed! Apparently they are no longer fond of yellow :)
    OH!! And I finally read your novella… I loved it and can’t wait for more adventures!

  4. 4-16

    Now that you have some goats with horns, you may need to put more slats on the hay feeder to keep them from getting stuck. Leave enough space for their muzzle to reach the hay but not put their entire head into the feeder. (nice feeder BTW)

  5. 4-17

    I had a friend tell me once that when building a fence for goats, when you think it’s done throw water on it, if water can get through, so can a goat. As a young mother I dreamed of a velcro wall, where I could place my kids and go to the bathroom by myself, doubt it would work with goats though.

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