Lady Gaga and Ziggy get a new home.

To some people who know me will be aware that we have what might be considered a smallholding, in real terms we are hobby farmers who have a small random collection of animals. Some who pay their way and others just because we like them or some sort of faith have brought us together.

Towards the end of last year I said to Carla that we were getting no more animals that we couldn’t  eat or that couldn’t pay their own way. This was all going to plan until last week some one sent me a link to the ISPCA website advert saying they were looking to re home two goats.

ispca advert

God only knows why but I have a weakness for goats, maybe because they often get bad press and sadly they are often miss treated. Goats get are really miss understood and are very difficult for the  ISPCA to re home.

We already had a small heard.
We already had a small heard who live a life of opulence.

I forwarded the advert on to Carla to see what she though and of course that means we were going to be giving Ziggy and Gaga a new home. From here on I’ll let the photos do the talking.

 

We loaded up the jeep and trailer.
We loaded up the jeep and trailer.
After a long long drive we made it to ISPCA HQ in Longford.
After a long long drive we made it to ISPCA HQ in Longford.
ISPCA HQ
ISPCA HQ

 

We didn't hang around long as we had quite the journey home. Ziggy loaded up
We didn’t hang around long as we had quite the journey home. Ziggy loaded up

The journey form Longford back to Kilkenny with a large trailer and two nervous animals takes every bit as long as you might imagine. When we got them to our place we decided to home them in one of stables for their first night to try relax them and give them a chance to get used to the wilds of North Co Kilkenny.

The first night in Kilkenny
The first night in Kilkenny

The following morning they could hear the other goats who are currently strip grazing the back paddock and seamed really keen to go socialize. We very little drama I put Ziggy and Gaga in the paddock with some of the others. They all seamed to get along and Max out bill goat who is still ‘intact’ was very welcoming to the newcomers which was a relief.

All of them getting along nicely.
All of them getting along nicely.
Gaga is a little bit light.
Gaga is a little bit light.

Gaga seams to be a Sannen cross and she has no horns, she is also a little bit light weight and not used to the wind we get up here. That combined with the fact she was not able to hold her own against the other females I decided to move her and Ziggy to a paddock on their own to give her a chance to get used to her new surroundings.

Jack give Gaga some treats
Jack give Gaga some treats
Max very interested in me moving things around.
Max very interested in me moving things around.

I’ve placed both arcs close to each other and they share a through, all going to plan as Gaga and Ziggy get used to their new home the other goats will become more accustomed to them and will make putting them all together a little easier.

The current living arrangements.
The current living arrangements.

For anyone wondering the goats get 24/7 access to all the natural grass they want to graze on and it is supplemented with coated rolled oats / barley and sheep nuts. Of course they have water as well. Goats unlike sheep need shelter so in out paddocks we use pig arcs made by these guys  which work really well for goats as well.  In each of our arcs I have raised the floor with pallets and then covered in WBP ply and covered in straw for bedding, it means they lead a very comfortable life.

In recent years it has become common for animals like donkeys and goats to be kept as pets with people buying and selling on websites like donedeal.ie, while they can make great pets please consider the long term commitments associated with animals like these and try get some advice from someone experienced before taking them on.

You can donate to the ISPCA directly if you feel like it here.

The ISPCA also are doing their 2013 Hay drive which you can help by just sending a test message.

Hay Drive

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Shanahan Written by:

Irish Man, Family Man, Shite talker, Kayaker, Blogger, Baker, Philanthropist, Maker of things.

2 Comments

  1. February 24, 2013
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    Have to say Gaga is very well named, she has that ‘look’ about her. Lovely home you have set up for them all, they look happy. Look forward to visiting some time 🙂

    • February 24, 2013
      Reply

      Thanks Dee, Gaga is lovely and very friendly, in fact all of our goats are and will come up and eat out of your hand. You can even pet them like puppies. You are welcome to come and visit them any time.

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