In the Brooder
- Jun 11, 2007
I have four goats-Two Nigerian Dwarfs(Piper and Pan), a Myotonic cross(Carmel), and an Alpine/Nubian cross(Lola). All are does except for Pan, Nigerian buckling. I normally keep them penned up and only let them out in the pasture when I am outside working, and can supervise them-they can escape the fence if they try...I learned that the hard way. Well, unbeknownest to me one day this week while I was out(getting chicks in fact) all four of the goats got out of their pen and someone(I suspect Pan or Mel) got into the neighbors yard and nibbled on some of his newly-planted myrtle hedge. So as I was coming home I was stopped at the gate to my property by my neighbor who told me of this incident and informed me that "If your goats get on my property again I will use them as target practice" meaning, he'll shoot them. I KNOW I was in the wrong for this, but I personally looked at the damage to his hedge and it wasn't that bad-one small branch was broken on one bush and the bottom leaves were gone-top leaves still intact, plants perfectly upright, and only two of his about twenty plants were damaged at all. I told him I was sorry, it wouldn't happen again and haven't been in contact with him since, but I do see him driving by slowly sometimes as if looking to see if my goats escaped again. I can't help but feel his reaction was a little extreme. I secured the goat pen in ANY unsecure places(I still don't know how they got out) and for the past three days they have stayed in there. I am terrified they will get out again though-I've been going outside every five mins to make sure they are still there. Mostly I am worried about the Nigerian buckling. He is so small he could probably slip through the holes in the wire if he really tried. I'm not really sure why I am posting this, other than I feel like I need some support right now, maybe a little advice on anything else I can do to handle this? Here I've always thought the movies overdramatize the way people act when their gardens/plants are damaged by animals...haha.