Beware Free Goats


| 2/3/2014 1:48:00 PM


Nancy AddieI need to write about our first goat ... Billy Butt. Yes, that was his real name. He came by the surname quite naturally as will be explained here in painstaking detail. Chad and I were just getting started in the 'farm business' when a man with two children tagging along came to our garage sale at our new home. He asked if he could take his children over to pet the mini-horses and see the “Addie Acres” llamas up close. Of course we said yes, after all, that is why we felt led to get some large animals, to share our place with folks who had youngsters.

After a few minutes of friendly chit chat, he mentioned that they purchased a young Nubian goat from the Amish almost six months ago and Billy was getting too big for their backyard. He asked us if would like to have him ... for free! The kids backed up their dad as he explained the many wonders of this young goat and what a charming pet he had been. How could we resist such ringing commendations, so of course we said “yes!” After all, never turn down a free animal when you're starting up a farm was our early mantra.

Bill Butt the Goat
Bill Butt, the Goat

Since we were new at this large animal stuff, it didn't click inside our heads that there is always a good reason why people want to give away a perfectly good goat (remember the Doritos Superbowl commercial?!). That should have been Red Flag No. 1! 

We agreed to meet 'Billy' the next day to see if he would fit in with our family. We met Billy in the backyard of a modest house where they kept a few chickens and a very large black lab. 



Red Flag No, 2 was about to show itself. Billy came running straight for us as fast as his little goat legs would trot, stopping only when his horns were firmly planted on my husband Chad's behind. We nervously laughed as Billy's mom commented over and over how cute it is that he likes to 'play' ... a lot ... non stop ... continually. I found the notion of a playful goat endearing and especially enjoyed the accuracy of Billy’s first foray into Chad’s behind. 

NebraskaDave
2/9/2014 8:28:46 AM

Nancy, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Goats are indeed a test of patience and the human psyche, especially the Billy. I personally haven't had goats but I have heard plenty of stories such as yours about the playful curious nature of them. On the other hand, if you can keep them contained and under control they are natural hedgehogs in that they will clear brush out of an area including Poison Ivy. I can't believe any thing could eat Poison Ivy and survive but I read that they can do it. If you need a fence tested, they are your animal to do it. Good luck with your next goat. ***** Have a great goat day.


LUP
2/6/2014 1:45:03 PM

Nancy, I can relate I had to chuckle after reading your story. I got 2 goats a nanny and a billy. The billy goat would not stay in their field was constantly jumping the fence. I ended up having to put a collar on him and chained him to a tire so he couldn't jump out of the fence. I got them as companions for my daughter's horse, they became fast friends. But the goat had to go along on rides or he bawled the whole time. But when he decided he was ready to come home the horse was ready too. Made my daughter so mad, lol. I think most billy goats end up being a pain, or tied to a dog box. I hope your having better luck with Jasper, of course the billy's are best when neutered unless of course your breeding goats. Have a great day and God Bless!!!! Lu


LUP
2/6/2014 1:44:21 PM

Nancy, I can relate I had to chuckle after reading your story. I got 2 goats a nanny and a billy. The billy goat would not stay in their field was constantly jumping the fence. I ended up having to put a collar on him and chained him to a tire so he couldn't jump out of the fence. I got them as companions for my daughter's horse, they became fast friends. But the goat had to go along on rides or he bawled the whole time. But when he decided he was ready to come home the horse was ready too. Made my daughter so mad, lol. I think most billy goats end up being a pain, or tied to a dog box. I hope your having better luck with Jasper, of course the billy's are best when neutered unless of course your breeding goats. Have a great day and God Bless!!!! Lu