Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Eating their free greens

hawthorn hedge June 15

The goats are eating very little of the dry food we buy from the animal feed supplier. Instead, they are eating lots of grass and leaves I pick for them. That's not all. The hawthorn hedges around the allotment site are growing rather well. I've offered to cut them back gradually. The goats eat the leaves and twigs and often eat the bark from the larger branches. And when they have finished with them, the branches are chopped up for firewood.

goat eating hawthorn June 15

So, lots of fresh, free food for the goats. We are used to them eating thistles and hawthorn, despite the prickles and thorns. Pinkie however has added fresh nettles to her diet. I have dried nettles for them before but this is the first time I've seen Pinkie eat them fresh. The sting seems to have no effect.

goat eating nettles June 15

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