These goats live in a huge barn at Bauman's Farm and Garden. They provide fertilizer for the plants that grow on the farm, and they provide a great recreational opportunity for little kids who might grow bored with hours of plant shopping. As this little goat demonstrates so nicely, humans are encouraged to feed these goats. All along the barn, there are these red feeding stations. Drop a quarter in, the food comes out, and the goats stick their heads out for a bite. Kids dig it.
These goats are surprisingly gentle with humans. They'll lap the kibble up out of your hands with their tongues, instead of noshing on your fingers with their teeth. And when you have no more bites, they tend to stay behind for a few head scratches.
But, they can be a little competitive with one another. In fact, they tend to butt one another out of the way to get to the food. And some of them have really huge horns! Just look!
When I visit, I always try to have tons of quarters in my pockets, so everyone can get a bite without being left out. Even the little babies get bites when I am there.
Bauman's is, technically, a dog-friendly space. I saw quite a few people with tiny dogs in their carts on Saturday. But, dogs can rile up the goats. So I never bring Liam and Sinead along on our trips. I think of this as private goat time.
Hope you like the goat faces! Drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you think. And be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop! Good stuff this week.