Oh No !!!! Not More Branches!!!!
YES I ‘m afraid so. You see, people may think that the goats who live at Gullringstorp are a bit spoiled. In reality, they are not. they are cared for with an eye toward the natural instinct if the animal. Goats are natural browsers, which means they often stand on their hind legs to reach the juiciest most delicious leaves on the high branches. Once they have eaten the leaves, they will enjoy a nice crunchy branch. They eat the branch and nibble the tiny woody shoots and if they are fortunate enough to have a sturdy branch at hand, they love to scratch their horns on that branch. This is for the females as well as the males. Goats are also grazers which means they love to eat a variety of grasses, as well as browse up high. These two natural instincts need to be addressed if you have goats. They are our pets but they are also not without instincts and a natural way to behave while in the wild.
Since our goat enclosure is disadvantaged and has no natural trees growing in it, it is important for us to bring the branches to our goats. We also like to surprise them when they come back to the stable in the evening with lovely branches in each box. We can’t have just one branch per box because we have boxes with a couple of goats. My husband usually cuts and collects the many branches and places them in each box. I go after him and “decorate” as he calls it. I place the branches up high but securely so the goats can stand up to reach them and stretch their beautiful necks to enjoy the leaves. When they have finished the leaves, they scratch and rub on the remaining bark.
So here we have more branches:
Hilda enjoys her branches first, in the baby play yard where she is with her two new babies
The branches we placed in t he baby play yard are not up as high as we normally place them. We want the new babies to be able to reach some of the leaves
Branches placed in Keriana and Fiona’s box
I “decorate” by placing the branches up high so the bars in the boxes help
“Decorations” for Nanna and Toby’s box
“Decorations” for Pumpkin and Rose’s box
“Decorations” in Pansy, Poppy and Peanut’s box. We have decided to move Peanut out of Hilda’s box. Not an easy thing, but it is just time. Peanut cries but she will calm down
Nanna and Toby are Pygmy goats and love to be up high. So their “decorations” with some hay, are up where they love to eat and sleep
This is Iris, Petunia, Ivy and Surprise’s box all “decorated”. Branches placed high enough for the ladies to have to stretch their cute little necks is our aim
Hilda had a surprise as well. Her box was “decorated” when she came back in
Nanna enjoys her treats by herself while her son Toby spends some quality time right next door with the other bucks
The boys tuck into their treats right away!
Alika’s son is happily rubbing his horns on the branches
Toby spends the nights still with his mommy Nanna. Here he enjoys the “decorations”
When my husband built this shelf for Nanna , we didn’t anticipate a second little cute goat joining her. I don’t know how they manage it but they eat up there and sleep together up there.
A lovely donation from our local Lidl. We were given some fresh discarded greens for our goats. We love and really need these donations of fresh greens during the winter months when the goats spend a lot of time inside. Our greens are limited to Evergreens during the winter so any fresh greens are really welcome. I thought to give them all to Hilda since she is not in the large enclosure, but everyone in our stable loves these particular greens. Everyone got a treat. Thank you Lidl !!
I think this is the end of the BRANCHES!!! Well at least for now…