The Incorrigible One


I’m having a really hard time with this one. He’s out, out, out, and we can’t figure it out. Well, we know. He’s pushing UNDER the fence. We keep fixing. And he keeps finding new places. And he puts himself back, too, whenever he wants. He goes back at night. And throughout the day. In and out. In and out. For awhile, I could easily get him back in by bringing a can of cracked corn. Now he won’t go in anymore. He won’t go in till he wants to. And I can’t make him go in. He’s stronger than me.

I have a free-ranging goat.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on May 18, 2011  

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  1. 5-18

    Never a dull moment at your farm! :wave:

  2. 5-18

    I was thinking your goat must be very free-spirited. You confirmed it when I got to the end of your post. Hopefully there aren’t any cars nearby, so he’ll still be relatively safe, even if he escapes. Have you figured out if there was something out there that’s been attrcting his attention? Hopefully, your goat will realize, “home” is the place to be ;) :) :) :sheep:

    Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  3. 5-18

    Naughtie goatie. Next thing you know, he’ll be dotting.

  4. 5-18

    A strand of hot wire will keep him in and livestock predators from going under.

  5. 5-18

    I guess that’s the most important part, he puts himself back at night!

  6. 5-18

    Oh,….is that Eclipse? You KNOW what he’s after!!!

  7. 5-18

    You have to many bucks need to maybe hate to say this butcher one or two? I have eaten goat an it is very good. This is part of being on a farm. You will cry the whole time but you will get over it….

  8. 5-18

    Exactly. And since you live where he won’t bother anyone, he can stay a free ranging goat. As long as he puts himself in at night,so you know he’s okay.

  9. 5-18

    I’ve heard it said many times that with goats fencing is a mere suggestion. I do believe it is true, especially with a determined buck.

  10. 5-19

    I agree with the single strand of electric wire, it the only thing that will teach him respect at this point.

  11. 5-19

    :dancingmonster: WHAT A REBEL!!
    Granny Trace

  12. 5-19

    We put a wooden pole along the bottom of our fence, attaching the fence to it with wire so that it couldn’t be pushed out. We just used downed branches on the property cut to run between the upright poles. Just an idea if you were looking for some.

  13. 5-19

    Oh, that bad ol’ boy!! I’ll bet you’re so frustrated with him. Whatever will you do? Let him roam? Tie him to a tree? Put him in goat jail?? These and other burning questions beg to be answered!! :happyfeet:

  14. 5-19

    Suzanne! HOT WIRE! March him right up and stick his nose on it (though you’d better not be holding onto him when you do!) and he will never go pushing on a fence again. LOL I was once told that if you wouldn’t trust a three year old in (and not to get out of) a pasture, you shouldn’t trust a goat in (and not to get out of) that pasture! Even with my hot wire up I have one doe that will get out every now and then, and then holler like someone’s trying to kill her until I go out to the barn and turn off the wire to let her back in. GEEZ! Goats truly are little devils! :devil2:

  15. 5-19

    One strand of electric about a foot off the ground. That’s how I had to keep my dog from diving under my field fence. After a time, I was even able to turn the electric off and she wouldn’t go near it!

  16. 5-19

    Apparently, he doesn’t quite care for the duck n buck yard.

  17. 5-19

    Make him stand in the corner. And hope he doesn’t escape out of the corner and into the next pen. Bad Goat. Bad. :no:

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