Can You Really Get Goats For Free?

| 10/22/2013 3:22:00 PM

Tags: dairy goats, raising livestock, Montana, Maggie Bonham,

The phone rang at 10:00pm.Small Dairy Goat

“You still want that goat?” the voice said.

“Uh, yeah,” I said, wondering why the person had called me so late. “I’m really not interested in buying the kid.”

“That’s okay,” she said. “I’ll trade you the nanny for some chickens.”

And that’s how I found my third goat, Annie, while looking in the barter section of craigslist. The teenager who owned her wanted to trade Annie for some chickens, but two days before, she wanted to sell me Annie’s baby along with the trade. I wasn’t interested in buying the baby goat, so I thought that was the end of it. The owner called me back that night angry at Annie because the little goat had escaped once again and had eaten her garden. I traded four chickens for her. A great deal: Annie was still in milk.

Annie is my first "mutt" goat. She is part pygmy and part who-knows-what. No one wanted her because the owner added the words "escape artist" to the advertisement. Anyone who owns goats knows that goats are escape artists. Unless you have good fencing, you're likely to be finding your goats in your garden or worse yet, your neighbor's garden. With a good fence, Annie is not a problem. Furthermore, Annie is an awesome milker and raised three babies this year.

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