They've got my number...

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by Darby77, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Darby77

    Darby77 Active Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    Does anyone else have conversations like this with their goats?
    Me: Why arent you guys eating your hay?
    Goats: Don't like it.
    Me: Don't like what?? There are 4 different types of hay out here!!
    Goats: We won't eat any of them. We know if we hold out, you will go buy some new type and we will have more choices because you are a worrier.
    Me: Damn it! Spoiled brats! .......I'll be at the grain store. :(
  2. NyGoatMom

    NyGoatMom Shady Acre Homestead Supporting Member

  3. Suzanne_Tyler

    Suzanne_Tyler GreenTGoats

    Jul 19, 2014
    Do they get any forage? Have you tried alfalfa?
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  4. Darby77

    Darby77 Active Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    I was giving them alfalfa am and on along with their hay but cut back because I'm trying to dry up a doe in milk. They have forage in summer but are so spoiled they eat a new hay for a day or two and then decide they don't like it and guilt me into buying something else.
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  5. NyGoatMom

    NyGoatMom Shady Acre Homestead Supporting Member

    They get hungry..they'll eat it ;)
  6. Darby77

    Darby77 Active Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    I try to tell myself that, but I worry they will get too hungry or thin so I go looking for something yummier. They have me trained!
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  7. Mary B.

    Mary B. Member

    Jan 10, 2018
    Denham Springs La.
    My ONE goat has a choice of 3 hays and still looks at me like, is that all you got, so I know what you mean. LOL :oops:o_O:p
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  8. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

  9. groovyoldlady

    groovyoldlady Goat Crazy!

    Jul 21, 2011
    Central Maine
    I do lecture mine. And then I get angry with them when they don't understand me. ;-)
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  10. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Yep, sometimes I get so frustrated with them. I take hay out there, they eat a few bites and off they go to graze. But, they do come back later. ;)
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  11. lottsagoats1

    lottsagoats1 Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Middle Maine
    My conversation:

    Why are you inside when the hay is outside?

    "don't wanna go outside, there's snow on the ground."

    Too bad, the suns out. Get out and eat.

    "No, want to eat inside and want different hay"

    Either go outside and eat or go without. You can starve to death for all I care, I'm done with your petty theatrics. If you don't want the hay, I will give it to the horses. This is all we have. Good bye.

    So I leave the barn and they start to scream. I yell at them to starve. A few minutes later I see them outside at the feeder.
  12. goat girls

    goat girls Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2017
    New mexcico
    Sounds about right, mine did that once so I skipped a feeding. Never ha it happen again.
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  13. Darby77

    Darby77 Active Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    So I could only get the first cut this weekend, no 2nd cut candy. They all kept staring at me waiting for something new. I told them this was it, they had to eat it. I had to go in the house because I couldn't look at them. Ugh, I need to be strong. :(
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  14. KathyAnn22

    KathyAnn22 Member

    Mar 16, 2017
    Coastal Texas

    Mine goes something like this:

    Me: Stop pushing, you'll get fed quicker if I can get to the dish.
    Goats: But it is so much fun to see you stagger all over the yard.
    Me: That wasn't funny, knock it off. Get your head out of the dish I can't put the feed in it if your head's in the way.
    Goats: Get out of my way. Baby you have feed on your head. Move over.

    And so it goes. Every day.
    Don't even ask about when they get treats.
  15. Somechicksgoats

    Somechicksgoats Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    South Eastern Idaho
    I think I have had all these and then this one every morning...

    Me: Do not jump into the feeder
    Them: But we like to stand in here
    Me: But I can't put the hay down until you move!
    Them: But it's fun to see you try to work around us
    Me: But then you are wasting the hay that falls on you and the ground
    Them: Yeah, but you'll feel sorry for us and just give us more
  16. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  17. catharina

    catharina Catharina

    Mar 16, 2016
    Northern California
    If mine don't like it they pull it out & drop it on the ground if they can't fine any "edible" pieces in that mouthful. & so on. Then they poop & pee all over it so I can't put it back in their feeder.
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  18. goat girls

    goat girls Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2017
    New mexcico
    Any time there is food around
    Me: Hope that was for Mufasa not you
    Mufasa that was for Jessie not you
    Jessie that was for Lilly not you
    Them: But we love to watch you stumble around trying to get the treats from Licorice and not fall at the same time.
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  19. olfart

    olfart Certified Codger

    Mar 7, 2013
    NE Texas
    If Elmer gets his head in the feed bucket, the game's over. He'll take it to the ground and won't let go of it before it's empty. So I now carry the bucket high and swing it over his head to keep his attention away from the feed bowl while I swoop in for the dump. It seems to work for now at least.

    I gave up on talking to him. He just stands and stares at the bucket.

    Dilly, on the other hand, thinks it's fun to walk zig-zag in front of me as I carry the feed out to the pen. Maybe she's hoping I'll trip on her and drop the bucket.
  20. MamaJenDSP

    MamaJenDSP Member

    May 25, 2016
    Eastern US
    My girls abandon the food to stand at the gate and scream at me.... “come back! Surely you have more. Take us to the house!” They go finish once I step in the garage. Silly girls.
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