WFMW: How to fence your goats in 1,573 easy steps

Works for Me Wednesday :: Giving Up on Perfect

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  • Wake up at 6:30am
  • Go back to sleep
  • Wake up at 7:00am
  • Be thankful the baby wants to nurse and go back to sleep
  • Get up at 7:15am to a very impatient daughter who has been ready since 6:30am
  • Gather your tools
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scythe, scissors, electric wire, hatchet, shoelaces, fence tester

  • Head to the woods with your helper
  • Take down yesterday’s fence

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  • scream when you run into a spider’s web
  • gather up yesterday’s fence

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  • scream when you run into a spider’s web
  • scythe a path through the woods
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(one of these days we’ll get us one of them newfangled electric weed cuttin’ thingmajigs.)

  • pray that you don’t scythe right into a yellow jacket nest.  You cannot see these nests until after you’ve hit them, so pray a little harder than usual.
  • Remember the biblical admonition to give thanks in all circumstances and that God has a sense of humor.
  • Run screaming from the yellow jackets (or not, depending on the day.)
  • On the days when you run screaming from the yellow jackets, only to face-plant into exactly seven thousand spider’s webs as you run screaming from the yellow jackets, give it up altogether and feed the goats hay.  Otherwise, proceed to the next step:
  • start putting up your fence
  • untangle your fence

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  • untangle your fence again
  • untangle your fence one more time
  • pick the worst possible spot to take your fence through

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  • more scything
  • more untangling
  • more spider webs
  • but no yellow jackets!
  • bend/break the tops of the trees inside the fence so your goats can reach them

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  • cut down small trees in nearby areas of the woods you can’t fence them into and throw them into the newly fenced area

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  • scream when you run into approximately one zillion spider’s webs
  • run power from your perimeter fence to your net fence in this very sophisticated manner:

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  • test the fence
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Woohoo! Woe to the goaty who decides to touch the fence today!!!

  • Thank God that you will not be spending 1,933,223,820,292,122,572 minutes today figuring out why the fence isn’t working. 
  • Start gathering up your supplies, being extra careful not to leave your husband’s tools in the woods because he gets a little upset after the fifteenth time.
  • Search for the scythe, which you know you left somewhere over that way.
  • Search for the hatchet, which you know you left somewhere over this way.
  • Search for the fence tester, the wire, the rope and the scissors, which you know you left… somewhere
  • Find all of the above (sometimes.)
  • Leave the woods
  • Accidentally hit the electric perimeter fence with the piece of wire you’re holding in your hand.
  • Cry a little
  • Thank God that it wasn’t another spider’s web
  • Say good morning to your new residents
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hey look, they’re actually acknowledging my existence!

  • make the mistake of going into their pen when they’re apparently in a very bad mood
  • witness a spitting match between the alpacas and thank God they can’t spit nearly as far as your brother could in middle school.
  • move the goats to the woods!

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  • Listen to your daughter recount her very first fencing experience: “nothing really interesting happened… except momma kept running into spiders.”
  • Wait approximately 23 hours and repeat from step 1.



And just to be sure I’m actually giving some useful information in this “Works for Me” post, the fencing we use is a combination of Premier 1 Electro Net, and Premier Poultry Net, 50ft, double spiked (we have two separate kinds because we train the baby goats to the poultry net before letting them out into the electro net, which has bigger spaces between the wires.  Usually, these two fences are used for the bucks, but right now we’re combining as much fence as we can for the does to give them a bigger area to eat on each day.)  In the near future, we’ll be fencing them in with the alpacas with two 160ft rolls, but this is working for now.  FYI: If you’re planning on doing rotational grazing, and you can afford it, the smaller rolls are MUCH easier to work with.  A 50ft roll costs almost as much as a 160ft roll, however, and we weren’t about to spend $600 instead of $200 for the same amount of fence.  Yikes!!! 

And that’s what’s working for us!

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