Cute Animal Alert: GOATS!
We had to pull over when we saw these buddies down the road from our double-wide. They live among chickens, pheasants and a couple of donkeys in a wooded field beside a little gray house. The house has been around as long as I can remember, but it has never been a home to farm animals before.
We've seen chickens jumping in and out of an open window, so there's been some discussion about whether the animals live with a family of people or if the animals actually own the house themselves. It seems entirely possibly (to Archer) that the animals live there together like a storybook animal family, sort of like in Mark Teague's The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf or Funny Farm. I suggested that perhaps some people-farmers live in another house nearby, but Archer thought that was ridiculous.
Point taken. If these goats were ours, we'd want to live as close to them as possible.
I told Archie to grab this feather for his collection, but then Pete said it might give him bird flu so we just took a picture and left it in the road. Can you really get bird flu from a guinea fowl feather? We're still negotiating our Country Safety Rules. Also wondering how dangerous it is to give a goat a hug. Feel free to leave some advice in the comments.