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Houdini April 20, 2007

Posted by Laura in Farm.

The goats spent their first night in the henhouse yard.  Joe and I rose before dawn to scrutinize our work on the fence in their pasture one more time before moving the goats.  The entire enclosure is made of woven wire with barbed wire on the outside.  Not long ago, we had added a gate and replaced a rotten corner post, though.  We eyeballed all gaps near the gates and added barbed wire in the spots we anticipated could be a problem.  We also ran woven wire along the gates themselves since they are the long cattle type.  After we were satisfied that we had “plugged all the holes,” we carried each goat down to the pen. 

After the stressful previous day of sale, travel, and sharing quarters with chickens, the goats got down to the business of eating.  We watched for a while, but they seemed content in their new home.  We headed inside for breakfast and the days’ events.

Before long, there was a loud and persistent goat “maaa” outside the window.  We looked out and saw the little white nanny walking past.  Joe and I went outside to return her and she ran to the henhouse when she saw us.  We caught her and put her back in her own pasture.  Then we walked the fenceline all over and tried to figure out how she got out.  We were stumped.  We watched a bit longer, but she busied herself with searching for choice brush.  We headed back to the house.

Not long after, there she was again, in the back yard.  We ran her down and returned her again.  This time, she walked right up to the fence and squeezed THROUGH THE SQUARES in the woven wire and walked off.  Our mouths dropped open.  Now what?  We kept looking at the 8 x 8 squares and back at her.  She slid through there so easily you’d think she was greased!

We had to go and couldn’t continue to play this game, so we put her back in the chicken yard.  There was much complaining at her solitary confinement as we drove away (the chickens are released to forage after a breakfast in their yard).

When we got back, we devised this solution to our problem.


(Duct tape-  seems like there aren’t many things that can’t be fixed with a bit of that “silver solution”). 


Ha ha!  We stood back and admired our work.  Let’s see you get out now!

Now, let me say- I really think this WOULD HAVE worked IF we had not been trying to do this in the rain and IF her horns were longer and IF we’d had a better plan about how to apply the tape.  Suffice it to say, Pop is no longer sporting her headgear, BUT she has stayed in the fence.  I believe she simply tired of the goat-wrangling that always followed her escapes. 



1. Amy - April 20, 2007

I like your solution. How funny! By the way, Pop is a very pretty goat. You can tell her I said that as I’m sure goats can appreciate a compliment.

2. amazinggrazefarm - April 20, 2007

Welcome to the world of goats my friend. Mine have decided to jump over their electric fence and jump into the sheep pasture and try and bully them. Sigh….. We are going to sell them. I am praying that a nice family will want them. If we do find a nice family, my husband is making the deal of the century for them.

I loved your idea though. Great thinking outside the box!!!

3. Sheryl - May 12, 2007

Oh my gosh!!! That’s hysterical. And so smart. But I guess the question hangs in the air that would be driving me crazy if I had a goat…How and why did she discover she could fit through the wire? She had everything she needed inside the fence.

4. Entertained reader - August 19, 2007

Such a clever idea! At first, when i saw the picture i couldn’t tell where the duct tape was used *embarassed*

I’ve stumbled upon your blog by mistake, and I have been captured by your entertaining stories of farm life and family. Thank you for the nice read.

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