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Avocado Tree Overhanging Buck Pen?

Discussion in 'Feeding Time - Goats' started by thailand, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. Dec 27, 2016
    thailand

    thailand Loving the herd life

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    Hi....we are about to build our buck pen. Really the only decent place we have to build it is right next to our rabbit shed on left hand side of the photo below, which unfortunately has a huge avocado tree shading it. Just how much of a problem will this be and are there any bright ideas as to how I could protect the goats from the leaves? It'd be a shame to cut down the tree, but I don't want to lose any goats either. :barnie

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    Any chance you can cover the pen with netting? then use a stick or rake to reach in and knock the leaves off the netting?
     
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    Aha! Yes, brilliant! The leaves are quite big and I can get netting with small size squares. See - this is why I love posting here.....you guys are the best! Thanks :thumbsup
     
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    The netting will also help block a little of the sun... Just make sure it's high enough that the goat can't jump up and get its horns tangled and hang itself. Goats have been known to do some really stupid things at times... like they have a death wish or something. :confused: