Our old goat pasture has been unused since the barn fire three years ago. It's a long, narrow space, still fenced along the back, and with one end fenced on three sides and the other on two sides. The center portion of fencing in the front was torn down and left unfenced so the horses could graze in there when they wished.
The weeds and clover are very tall this year because of the overabundance of rain. The weeds have choked out the grass, so the horses aren't very interested.
Our chicken coop sits in this three-sided end of the little pasture. The wire on the chicken run needs to be completely replaced. My last hen and rooster abandoned the coop last summer when they found an escape hole, and the coop itself is now inhabited by the Muscovy ducks. Now that the rain has stopped, I need to get the run re-fenced so the ducks can go outdoors, but it is surrounded by weeds that I don't want to stand in. I prefer to avoid ticks and possible snakes. I'm just funny that way.
Solution: let the goats eat down the weeds. I ran a temporary fence across the open end and moved the does one day after milking. There isn't a shed, and the only shade is under a large oak tree and on the north side of the chicken coop, so they can't be out there on rainy days or overnight, but they can spend sunny days out there munching.
I thought I'd open the gate to the chicken run and let them in there too. The weeds are as much as four feet high, the height of the top of the run, and it looks like a jungle. But then I realized that there are several volunteer tomato plants in there.
|Volunteer tomato plant on the right.|
I transplanted the volunteers to the garden over the weekend, and this morning the goats will get to eat the remaining huge weeds in the run. It's a salad of their favorites, so they'll be happy.
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