Here's the situation, our backyard is roughly 1/4 acre that about a third of is taken by the chickens currently. We are planning to build a new coop/run this spring moving them from one side of the yard to the other with a much more permanent fence. We are attempting to make sure there is room for a couple small livestock so the kids can do 4-H next school year. I did 4-H in high school nearly 20 years ago and had sheep. Pretty much the only thing I remember about them is that while they are sweet are not exactly smart, and need to be in pairs, or at least more than one. What we would like to accomplish by adding yet another animal to the household is having something that would take care of the grass. We have some brush-like substance but most of it is just really tall grass. (Mower is currently broken and our rather wet winter has made the yard resemble Ireland somewhat.) Now, a few months ago we had discussed having goats for milk but after realizing that in order to have milk you needed to keep breeding a doe (duh) decided it might be more trouble than it was worth. So here's where I need BYC to come to my rescue, can I get a wether (sp?) as a companion and to clear any brush and a lamb for the grass/4-H project? Will they get along? Would I have to get a new lamb right away to keep the wether company when the lamb sells at the fair? Hubby told me to start researching it like we were getting a sheep but I am not quite sure where to begin. I would want something on the small size for either since our yard is small and preferably something that wouldn't get into too much trouble. Fainting goat possibly? Oh, one last thing. If our run is made properly could the goat/sheep quarters be in there? They wouldn't be able to get into the coop and I don't keep feed in the run but the chickens would be able to get into theirs. Would that work or should they have their own pen separate from the chickens? Thanks!