Saturday, September 6, 2008

Development of the Turgoatkey

We found the young Boer goat buck in the turkey pen. Not entirely sure how he got in there but he seems to be very resourceful. For example, we kept finding him in the doe pasture a while back. Couldn't figure out how he was getting in there until he was spied climbing the fence in the corner, using his head as a wedge against a feeder crib to gain leverage to get him high enough to topple over the fence. An electric fence in the corner cured that pretty fast.

Yesterday I didn't see him in his pasture. I went out to investigate and there he was inside the turkey tractor. For those who don't know what that is, it's an 8' x 12' pen with an A-frame roof covered with a tarp that can be dragged to a new location each day. No cleaning - just drag the pen 12' and Voila! turkeys have a clean area to do what they do best - poop.

Ok, so back to the goat in the turkey pen. Obviously, he was after the turkey grain. We had a heck of a time getting him out of there as the bottom sides of the pen are covered with chicken wire, the tarp is nailed to the bottom rails, and the A-frame top is made from 3/4" PVC. Took 2 people to lift him over the chicken wire and push him through a small opening that was created when we pushed the tarp back from the first PVC roof support.

Now this gave me ideas. Perhaps I'll genetically create a new creature - I'll call it a Turgoatkey. Now think of the possibilities - a new bi-partisan animal that is equally comfortable in both a goat pen and a turkey tractor, one that will bridge the gap between the two species and open new lines of communication, understanding and cooperation between both parties. With this new joint effort they could accomplish, ummmm, well accomplish, ummmm - oh heck, I don't know what they could accomplish. Just use your own imagination.

If you'd like to be put on a waiting list to be notified when this new animal is created just let me know.

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