Christmas is one of the goats’ favorite holidays. I suppose you are wondering why the goats would care about a human celebration. It’s not so the Christmas as it is the Christmas TREE that gets them all excited. You see, goats love pine, fir, spruce – they love TREE! I give them branches whenever I find any that have fallen but after the celebrating is over the goats know they will get their goat tree-t!
Somegoat could hardly wait even though she really didn’t know what was going on. It’s Jenn’s first year on the Farm so she has never had a tree-t before. That didn’t stop her from trying to get out of her pen to investigate.
She eventually found her way out through Pricilla’s pen. She is a devil of a goat that Jenn! She circled the tree but she really wasn’t sure what to do about all of that tasty fir. I got a hold of her and got her back in the pen because it is traditional for Pricilla to have the first taste of tree-t.
I let her out and she went right for her favorite part. She likes the top of the tree for some reason. You can see that Luke has some branches; while Pricilla was nibbling the hubby was trimming some pieces off for him to have a share.
He really enjoys the tree-t. I didn’t have the camera that takes video and it was a shame because Luke picked up branch and was running around his pen with it! I only have a still though. Oh well.
The whole of the tree went into the girl’s pen and they did some real munching. At one time or another they all enjoyed bits and branches.
It was good to see them all getting along for once. At least for a little while. The tree should last about two weeks before they have it eaten down to just the branches. Then another week ’til they have it down to just the trunk. They are very efficient eaters.
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Thelma really took over at the end as you can see. I find it so amusing when they beat up on the branches like that. Luke did the same think with his pieces. It helps to loosen up the bark.
Which they love to nibble. I’m tell you. The tree will be STRIPPED by the time they are done. You can see how Thelma is working on it.
Pricilla is very happy about the whole tree-t party. She has her pile of branches in her pen so she doesn’t have to fight the younger goats for her snack. This makes her very happy. She maaaas Happy New Year and wishes you all get whatever tree-ts you might want.
The goats eat the tree.
The goats poop.
The poop becomes our fertilizer for the garden. So that Christmas tree really becomes part of Life on the Farm.