Tuesday, December 24, 2013

doing the math

Tsuga and Sambucus, the two young does, are temporarily bunking in the barn while Paul is visiting. Even though this means luxury accommodations, they have been very upset about the change. Goats do not like change.

Goats do, however, like treats.

"Nothing should change."
"Never, ever, ever."
"Except we should have more treats."

A few treats can be a helpful tool for a goatherd, when giving medications, training for a preferred behavior, or for general encouragement.

Some of my goats like peanuts in the shell.
Some like apple peels.
Some like banana peels.
(I know, right? Blechh. Don't ask me!)

Happily, ALL my goats LOVE carrot pennies.

So while the youngsters are feeling unsettled, I give them a few carrot pennies, by hand, when I go out to do chores.

One carrot's worth of pennies, doled out individually.
One for Bui,
one for Tsuga.

Tonight, Piper came to the barn with me.
Piper also loves carrot pennies.

So I doled them out carefully...

one for Bui,

one for Tsuga,

one for Piper.

Two goats, one dog.

Don't ever let anyone tell you a dog can't count.


  1. :) Love that face in the last pic! Merry Christmas, Quinn!

  2. She is quite the "emoter," isn't she? Thank you, Sue, and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

  3. Quinn, what a great post, LOL. What I'm amazed at, is that your goats will actually take turns when it comes to getting the treats!

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

    1. It works well with two goats, but any more that that and I start feeling like a harrassed celebrity trying to get into a cab. I've become pretty crafty when it comes to distributing treats for the whole herd ;)

  4. I hope that you and your critters had a wonderful Christmas!

    I love the stories about your goats and Piper. Poor Piper, outnumbered!

    1. Piper felt very strongly that sharing meant one for THEM and one for HER. That look about knocked me down! ;)


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