They came into the goat house area as if a foreign creature of mythical proportions had arrive before them.
"Well I'm not sure." Murphy answered, " It wasn't here before."
Bart, who thinks he is the leader of the pack, just stared at the new "thing" that had suddenly appeared.
Freckles watched Bart's every move. He felt that he needed to do something too, so ...
None of this worked.
Then he tried to lift it with his head.
Then he had a moment of ..."This goat isn't going to be able to remove this thing"
Only Brownie was missing. He was watching all of this from behind the goat house.
You see. Brownie got badly hurt last spring when he got a horn caught in the feeder inside the goat house. He preceded to panic. He ripped the horn off, spewing blood everywhere, sending the herd into total chaos.
He has had a bad time of it every since. He has been rejected by the others and, as typical of animal behavior as this is, it's very had to watch.
Brownie is weak, has been treated for Coccidiosis and (I think) he damaged part of his brain when he did this horrible thing to himself. His motor movement is slow and he is not as sure footed as goats should be.
So knowing that he is doing the best he can.. and that he has gained weight since he lost so much after the accident, we spoil him.
He gets fed apart from the rest of the goats and also gets extra carrots and peanuts to give him more calories and protein.
He is doing well but he keeps his distance from the other goats. He even sleeps outside next to the door of the goat house. So, we decided to build a small deck and overhang to protect him from the elements this Winter. We really do love this goat and feel he has had enough trauma without having to sleep on the cold ground in the rain. I'm sure this would be the last straw for him.
Yes, this is a labor of love. When it rains, we have noticed that they do let him into the house but most of the time he's sitting outside.
So.. the Prospector has finished the potting shed and has started on the overhang for Brownie.
He swears a lot while he does it, but he does it and it's always a great job.
Again, the goats will have to get use to another different and new "thing" in their lives. A new step up before the familiar one. As with all of us...
He knows this is for Brownie. I even saw him touch noses with Brownie yesterday afternoon. He probably told Brownie that it would be OK.
He is an amazing goat. Always at one with his surroundings. Always the peacemaker.
"Another step up. What kind of sense is this? We don't need a new step."
He'll get over it by dinnertime.