ANIMAL ANTICS

Jordanne gives Fairlight a tomato and what happens next…. we’ll just let the pictures tell the story

Every morning the goats love to visit the kitchen to see what’s all going on and perhaps get some tasty hand outs.   They’ve figured out where all the tasty treats are stored.  The urban homestead kitchen is a goat’s smorgasbord!

Now if you are thinking that goats in the kithen is a wild and chaotic scene you are mistaken.  Our goats, though they like to get their noses into mischief, have been trained to react to the sound and commands of our voice.  So if they put their noses where they aren’t supposed to we give them a stern warning like “leave it, or no” and they ususally obey.  Good goats!   Knowing that goats can be stubborn creatures, that’s one of the reasons when we purchased our goats as young kids so that we were able to train them to be friendly and manageable.   When Jordanne inquired on message boards about training goats, especially goats that would live in the city many folks told her that it couldn’t be done.   Of course, we never listen to nay sayers!  We’ve kept a goats in a rural setting (homestead in New Zealand and Florida)  but the city is so much different and we’ve certainly learned a lot in raising these two. 

Fairlight treats the kitchen as her own and is very adventurous in her eating habits.  She loves all sorts of vegetables, fruits, sugar, spice and even tea and coffee!  Blackberry, on the other hand,  is a bit more tentative to try any new foods.  Blackberry is your “meat and potatoes” girl, she likes her hay and grain.  Sure she’ll chow down on greens, oak leaves and other tasty foods but her taste buds are not as discerning as Fairlight’s.  Fairlight loves spicy, sweet, sour all sorts of foods.  She enjoys eating and we like watching her eat.

I really (yeah, I know, I reallys should a lot of things) should get “goats eating on video” it’s incredibly hilarious.

Life on the urban homestead would not be complete without our mengarie of animals. Not only are the animals vital in the synergy of the farm but they provide us with companionship and countless hours of entertainment.

There’s more goat stuff to talk about, but that will have to wait for another post.

Stay tuned for winter garden snap shots and more.

Comments(8)

  1. ecologystudent says:

    Yes, animals sure do make life more enjoyable, don’t they?

    I can not wait until I can have chickens and my dog again! (Being at college does have it’s down sides) But, boy, do I miss my goats! I have to wait a few more years for them, though.

    Out of curiosity, do you milk your goats? If so, how much do they give a day?

  2. ecologystudent says:

    Yes, animals sure do make life more enjoyable, don’t they?

    I can not wait until I can have chickens and my dog again! (Being at college does have it’s down sides) But, boy, do I miss my goats! I have to wait a few more years for them, though.

    Out of curiosity, do you milk your goats? If so, how much do they give a day?

  3. ruthie says:

    Soooo cute. I am thinking we may need to add a little farm animal sanctuary portion to our urban homestead. We don’t eat meat, milk, or eggs but I’d love to help out some animals (and be able to compost *someones* poop!)

    A few years ago I went to a farm animal auction with my parents (they have nubians) I was horrified by the way the animals were treated. The auction staff accidentally pulled a goat’s ear off! I almost cried.

  4. ruthie says:

    Soooo cute. I am thinking we may need to add a little farm animal sanctuary portion to our urban homestead. We don’t eat meat, milk, or eggs but I’d love to help out some animals (and be able to compost *someones* poop!)

    A few years ago I went to a farm animal auction with my parents (they have nubians) I was horrified by the way the animals were treated. The auction staff accidentally pulled a goat’s ear off! I almost cried.

  5. xiousgeonz says:

    I think anybody who has the phrase “nay sayers” in a post about goats should be hogtied 😛

  6. xiousgeonz says:

    I think anybody who has the phrase “nay sayers” in a post about goats should be hogtied 😛

  7. Andrea says:

    I can’t help but notice your goats have better table manners than my toddlers…any words of wisdom??

  8. Andrea says:

    I can’t help but notice your goats have better table manners than my toddlers…any words of wisdom??

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