We welcomed two new additions to the homestead last week. Introducing Daisy & Sawyer!
These two little cuties weren’t raised around people so they are quite skittish. We originally planned on placing them in the Premier One electric goat netting we had heard such great things about.
However, one thing that is not mentioned in all of the reviews is how NOT effective this electric fencing is against baby goats. Neil and I worked hard to lay out the fencing and carry the very scared, loudly screaming baby goats to their new pen. We let them out into their new pen to get settled and after watching them for awhile, headed inside to get ready for a night out.
As I was getting out of the shower, I heard the screams of a distressed goat and the shouts of Neil. I grabbed a towel and ran outside to see Neil in just a pair of shorts chasing a lone goat. Needless to say, I am sure we thoroughly entertained the neighbors as we chased our goats around the homestead.
With a few more escapes throughout the week, including one very dramatic chase that involved me running after the dynamic duo down a busy road for nearly an hour and Neil coming to the rescue in his police car, it became clear this fencing was not working. The little goats can hop right through the wholes in the net, completely unscathed by the 2 joules of electricity pulsing through the fence.
Homesteading is always bringing the unexpected and this certainly was not what we anticipated. With some quick thinking we utilized tie outs and place the goats in a very large crate when we are away. They are loving all the grazing time and are gradually warming up to us.
Until next time…