Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Goat noise...




Houston, we have a problem. Goats seem to be quite pleased with themselves if they can make a little noise....

The kids figure out how to jump on top of their housing and they begin tap dancing like Gregory Hines. You can see them grinning with each little staccato noise....

Speck in the doe pen not only accompanies the babies with her own tap routine on top of her very own house, but she grabs this little welded chain that hangs off the doe pen gate. (It came with the gate, we didn't put it there.) She holds it in her mouth and nods yes. It makes a constant rattling noise which sounds a little like the clickity clack of train tracks.

And yet, we take all of this in stride because we love our little caprine friends.

However, our buck, Mario, is being annoying. EXTREMELY annoying....

He has been lying/laying - whatever the correct grammar is - in his house and running his horn scurs (yes, he was disbudded but the raging testosterone in his system caused some horn to grow back) across the corrugated metal that is his quonset hut house.

It sounds like a rapid fire machine gun BRRRAAAAAPPPP, BRRRAAPPP, BRRRRAAAAAAAAPPPPP

In betwixt the running of his horn scurs back and forth is the intermittent BANG! BRRRAAAAPPPP BANG! BANG! as he bashes his head against the house.

He does this at midnight. 2am. 2:45am. 3:18am 4:32am 5:00am. 5:07 am.

I think you get the idea.

We decided to put the street sweeper thingy in his pen. It's a cylinder of hard, bristly spikes to scratch against. Our hope was that he would run his scurs along this thing vs. his house.

Please, oh, please, oh, please let it work.....

5 comments:

mommyrides said...

And I thought roosters were bad, oie! Good luck with the scratchy thingy....

~Tonia said...

LOL They do love to make noise!! I had a piece of tin that the little ones could play on and they loved it!! But that was the least of the noise. I have a friend her goat could reach the wind chimes and would grab the string in the middle and ring them. Gotta love the goaties!

Dedene said...

What a hysterical gizmo for him to scratch his head on! I'm sure you're not amused.
This is a good lesson for those folks wanting to build goat houses and are considering corrugated metal.

Hope you get some sleep!

Kelley said...

HA!HA!HA!HA!HA! Nice one. Keep in mind, if he won't change his routine, you can always cover his quansit hut with some sort of matterial. I hope he likes the "street sweeper thingy". : )

Shanster said...

mommyrides - I know! I never knew they crowed ALLLL the time til we had one either! :)

Tonia - aren't they funny?

Dedene - it's been less since we put it up... he still makes noise but now it's not so often...shew!

Kelley - I dunno man, I think he'd find some way to rip, destroy, tear, eat anything we tried! Maybe stall mats...?