May 18, 2014
In the morning we take them out and tether them around the yard to eat back the jungle. We started with premade tethers designed for small dogs but they fall apart after a few weeks because these goats a strong! And they like to pull!
From the hardware store I bought vinyl coated steel wire rope. Each end gets an eyelet and cable clamps. I have 3/8" and 3/16" tethers in use. The smaller diameter the wire rope, the more difficult it is to assemble the clamps. One end gets a caribeaner to easily attach and detach from a post and the goat end gets a steel link that is more difficult to open and close.
A loose goat goes straight for the things we just planted and then to the things we planted last week. Iʻve turned my back on a tethered goat only to have it walk past me to get to the sweet grass. I'm pretty sure they grow thumbs while I'm not looking.
I paint in a box to reduce splash damage.