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Hello all!

My goats (now 3 1/2 years old) have started eating the siding on our barn. We will need to retreat the wood on it very soon anyway - so two questions. 1.) Any way to make them stop or will the newly treated wood stop it. 2.) Will newly treated (stained and coated) wood hurt them.
I guess 3 questions - They have not done this in the past - Is this a sign that they are lacking something in their diet - or are they just bored? Thanks!!! Brian
 

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Thanks for the responses & Merry Christmas!

Yes - we give them free choice access to salt and a balanced Calcium - Phosphorous mineral mix. I believe it is the same one you use Rex - as I remember looking at yours when we were up there a while back. During this cold snap we have been giving them extra feed and they are plenty heavy right now. They are usually turned loose on our property for a short hike a couple of times a week to feed on trees, brush, etc. Right now they have a few extra X-mas trees to feed on and I see one of them right now sniffing at the barn. I have tried rubbing fresh goat berries on the barn and this works for awhile (couple of days) and then they are back at it.
Maybe the tea theory will work as it might soak into the wood.

Sounds like it could just be boredom???

Thanks again! Brian
 
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