New Goat Paddock

The weather was perfect this weekend and we took full advantage of it!  We’ve been wanting to put up a hot wire fence to give our goats some pasture to graze on.  We accomplished this task this weekend!

We purchased a solar charger a few weeks ago.  My husband mounted it to a t-post so it could charge until the weather cooperated and we could get the fencing up.

We used t-posts for the corner post and then electric fence posts for the rest.  We are fortunate in that all we had to purchase was the charger and the t-posts.  Everything else was already here.  The people that lived here before us raised steers for breeding and left the fencing.  My husband took it all down when we moved in, but he took it down carefully in case we would ever use it.

We ran three strands and spaced them what we thought would be just the right amount.


We opened up their gate and it took them awhile to come out.  When they did come out they immediately checked out the fence and got zapped and then hopped right through it.  UGH!!


We rounded them up and then readjusted the spacing of the wires.  This seemed to help.  They both tested it again and when they got zapped, they ran right back into their pen.

Now they were staying in.  Until…

We decided to take a walk to the back of the property.  Woodrow saw us and came running out in to the pasture.  He stopped short of the fence and then snorted!  I’ve never heard him do that.  Now, this goat LOVES me!  He wants to be by my side and didn’t like that I was going on a walk without him.  We continued on our walk, stopping every little bit to see what they were doing.  We stopped just in time to see Woodrow power through the fence with Ranger right behind him (Ranger does everything Woodrow does).  They both came running to us and were as happy as could be.  It was like, look at what we did Mom!

We tried it again today and they both stayed in when they did happen to wander out there for some yummy grass.


There’s Woodrow keeping an eye on me.

We’re only letting me them out there while we’re home.  I know they will get out again and I don’t want them to get hurt or eat all my flowers and veggies.

I think they are going to be very happy with their new space.

It was such a nice feeling getting this accomplished.  One more item checked off the to-do list.

3 thoughts on “New Goat Paddock

    • newgardenhomestead says:

      The pen they stay in is woven wire. We’re just letting them out in the paddock when we’re home and outside working. They’re doing much better with the hot wire and seem to respect it more than they did the first day. It’s so nice to see them run around and play.
      Thank you for the kind words.


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