Hi Faith and Kitty,
We have a well fenced barnyard area on the other side
of our 3 acres, as far from the garden as we could get it
A few years ago we had a real problem with the neighbors cows, they trampled the entire garden. I was soooooo angry
The neighbor denied it was his cows, said it was probably deer, but I know a cow print when I see one. SO one night I sat up wrapped in a dark coat and ski mask, I hid behind the garden shed and when those danged old cows showed up I shot them,,,with bright pink paint balls !!!
Each one of 4 got about 3 hits and their hind sides were covered in undeniable pink paint. Next morning I called the neighbor and ask him again if his cows had gotten out, again he denied it. Later that day he came shame faced to our door with a sack full of squash, zuccinni and tomatoes and told us how surprised he was to see all his bright pink cows!!!
We had a good laugh and have been great friends ever since!!!!!
For the deer we use cattle pannels that are about 5 feet high, above that we string fencing wire from post to post every foot or so up to about 10 feet high ( we made it that high using 1x2's wired to the post ) and tie brightly colored strips of material to the wire, we also hang tin cans togeather and they clang and make noise,,never have had a deer problem.
You can look up the Nigerian Dwarf goats online,,,they are soooo cute! My new babies are black and white and white and black. they stand about 8 inches high and are about 10 inches long. the big one, a little buck, weighs in at a bouncing 1 1/2 pounds!!!
Right now they are living in a play pen in our living room and are quite spoiled already. When they get bigger and the weather dries out and warms up they will be introduced to the wonderfull world out side and a nice big barn to play in. And yes we will be getting the buck neutered cause they do get very smelly. I got two, because goats of all types are herd animals and I love seeing them skip and play out in the pasture. I'm hoping to get pictures up on my facebook soon and you can see them there. just look for Marcia Young to view my profile. I'll try to have some up next week.