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Goats are disgusting. Almost as disgusting as dogs.

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  • Goats are disgusting. Almost as disgusting as dogs.

    I have a small herd of goats and have managed to coexist peacefully with them, in spite of their goatly ways (e.g., eating the new spark plug wires off the tractor). They get along with the horses, don't cost much to feed, require no shoes or clothing, and only once ran off and got pregnant.

    But LooLoo is just NASTY. She has developed the habit of drinking the horses' urine as they are peeing it out. She laps it up right out of the stream, licks her lips and goes in for more.

    Yuck! Blech! :vomit: :barf: uke: (oh, my puke icon came out funny)

    When people ask me if I milk them, I try to explain why I would never drink milk or eat cheese from these animals -- I know them too well (other nameless goats, fine).

    Maybe I'll let them live out their lives and get some chickens.

    Dogs, of course, are much nastier. My favorite story comes from a book called Merle's Door, in which the author's dog eats the Comet-covered poop from the camp toilet after his friend inadvertently left the lid up.

  • #2
    I have an even better poop eating story. When my niece was about 2 years old, she came running into the kitchen and ran out the back dooe, telling me SHE had decided it would be better to poop outside like dogs do. before I could even open my mouth to tell her that was a bad idea, she squatted in thge yard and DID! Still in shock, I watched as the dog zeroed in on the new deposit and gobbled it up. My sister entered the kitched and asked why I had my mouth hanging open and, by the way, where was her daughter. I just told her not to let the dog lick her face.

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    • #3
      Oh I don't know.....people are pretty gross themselves on occasion. For instance, the worlds most expensive coffee is ground from beans that were eaten and passed by a particular critter (forget what one...seems like it was a lemur of some kind maybe?)...now how gross is that?
      Colored Cowhorse Ranch
      www.coloredcowhorseranch.com
      Northern NV

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      • #4
        If LooLoo is drinking urine she needs something nutritionally. Goats in general don't drink nasty stuff. Can you provide a mineral block or get a bag of goat minerals and put it in their feed? Hopefully LooLoo is not completely insane and her urine drinking habit will stop if she gets whatever she's trying to find.

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        • #5
          Goats and dogs are disgusting sometimes...but that's part of why I love them . I kind of admire a being who just does whatever makes them happy at any given time and doesn't give two hoots about our sensibilities . My dog eats cat poop cookies and horse manure, she likes the older stuff and spends some time searching the barn for properly aged turds, she's fairly picky about vintage. She'll race the barn staff into not yet cleaned stalls in the morning to go through the shavings, looking for the oldest and tastiest ones, before they can clean them out.

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          • #6
            I think my memory is failing, I don't remember our milk goats being especially attracted to stuff they didn't need to eat, but most of most of ours were confined to their goat pens and pastures.
            Goat pastures, draws full of mature trees, mostly mesquite, poplars and elms, had a scorched earth look, they did eat all and any that tried to grow there.

            My little rat terrier spent four hours last evening/night running around a bench under the porch that at some time recently must have had a mouse napping there.
            Certifiably obssessedly crazy that is.
            At least she got good exercise.

            What is worse, she loves rabbit pellets and must be finding and eating some skunk ones also, as when she passes gas, it is definitely skunky smelling.
            She has a good leave it, but I know where to pick my battles and that is one not worth fighting, too many rabbits around.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LarkspurCO View Post

              Maybe I'll let them live out their lives and get some chickens.
              .
              billies often pee on their own faces, it is part of their scenting rituals

              I would NEVER put a free range chicken in my mouth...talk about vomitous...shudder

              Tamara in TN
              Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
              I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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              • #8
                Why no free range chicken T?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tamara in TN View Post
                  billies often pee on their own faces, it is part of their scenting rituals

                  I would NEVER put a free range chicken in my mouth...talk about vomitous...shudder

                  Tamara in TN
                  Ok, we are telling gruesome stories, here goes one more.
                  As a very little kid, my uncle was always telling me not to go into the pig pen, no matter how cute the little pigs were.
                  I guess I was fascinated by them and just kept getting too close to the pigs and when I was a little bit older, he told me he knew a fellow that had a fight with another and killed him and just dumped him into the pig pen and the pigs ate him.
                  That made an impression. Now the bigger pigs looked like pigzilla to me.

                  Even worse, what made the most impression was when one pig in the two feeder pig pen died and the other pig was laying right by it and would not let anyone near "his friend", how sweet I was thinking.
                  My uncle told me he was eating him and protecting resources, that is how pigs are.
                  Ouch, that is a seismic shift in your understanding of the real world around you.
                  You grow up in a hurry sometimes.

                  No wonder some stories in religious books call animals all kinds of bad names, when people lived with them and knew their real natures as the animals they are.
                  A big difference from the Walt Disney cute animal cartoons the last two generations have grown up with.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by maunder View Post
                    If LooLoo is drinking urine she needs something nutritionally. Goats in general don't drink nasty stuff. Can you provide a mineral block or get a bag of goat minerals and put it in their feed? Hopefully LooLoo is not completely insane and her urine drinking habit will stop if she gets whatever she's trying to find.

                    ^^^^^This.

                    Potassium and Sodium– found within the cells of the body and concerned with the fluid balance of the body and the transmission of nerve impulses. Not stored in the body. Both cereals and grass tend to be low in sodium
                    Deficiency leads to cravings, pica, licking walls, drinking urine
                    Come to the dark side, we have cookies

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by barnbum81 View Post
                      Why no free range chicken T?
                      I watched one here pick a diaper clean of it's poop...
                      give me grain raised and confined any day.
                      ANY day.

                      Tamara
                      Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                      I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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                      • #12
                        Tamara- Do you eat crabs, shrimp, lobster, or fish? They are ALL scavengers that eat dead things and yes , even human feces. The toilets on boats and cruise ships don't get pumped out into a septic tank like an RV, it goes right out into the ocean.

                        OP - I would agree with those how said LooLoo, apropos name since she's drinking pee (in the UK the toilet is called the Loo), probably needs minerals.

                        LBR
                        I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

                        R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed

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                        • #13
                          I was given some free range eggs a few weeks ago. The eggs were more brilliant in their yolk color, tasty,....and then I got one egg that it's yolk tasted like a fish.
                          I asked my friend, who gave me the eggs, how that could be.
                          The chickens are given Cheerios as a treat and the Koi fish are given Cheerios, too. And there are minnows in the Koi pond.
                          So a certain chicken had a minnow(or two) with her Cheerio. Therefore fishy tasting egg yolk.
                          I was very surprised at the taste and it was the only egg in the carton.

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                          • #14
                            Maybe LooLoo thinks she's a billy. It's part of the mating ritual, you know. Check out YouTube, it's there for all to enjoy. Many goat owners are obviously quite proud of their capricious caprids', um, romantic skills.

                            BTW, coloredcowhorse, it's a Civet, and the coffee sells for about $600 per pound.
                            The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
                            Winston Churchill

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tamara in TN View Post
                              I watched one here pick a diaper clean of it's poop...
                              give me grain raised and confined any day.
                              ANY day.

                              Tamara
                              Now, we know digestive systems don't care where the supply of food comes from.
                              They are designed to break down and transform what they get into usable forms, benefit from what they can and the rest passes on.

                              If poisons are ingested, they either come back up or disrupt the body enough to cause illness or death.
                              Otherwise, anything that suits that organism is fair game.

                              If we want discerning chickens with a more sophisticated palate, we will have to breed for those, because today's chickens are not that.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by ladybugred View Post
                                Tamara- Do you eat crabs, shrimp, lobster, or fish? They are ALL scavengers that eat dead things and yes , even human feces.

                                LBR
                                yep my rational mind knows that very well,that chicken however ruined the rest of it for me completely

                                Tamara in TN
                                Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                                I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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                                • #17
                                  Sometimes the ick factor overrides the logic

                                  LBR
                                  I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

                                  R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed

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                                  • #18
                                    My SIL's corgis used to sit under the rabbit hutch, just waiting...waiting...for the furry dispenser to spring into action and release those yummy little treats

                                    The male would sometimes poke said furry dispenser with his nose as if to prompt the pellet release.

                                    Dogs. I love them, despite their odd food choices.

                                    And, honestly Tamara--if you are buying a "free range" chicken from a store there is no way they've been "free ranging" around someone's idyllic little farm. They are still factory raised, they just get to move outside occasionally with a bit more space.
                                    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                                    • #19
                                      Could be worse- my toddler at one point last summer was walking behind my goats and said " Oh look Mommy, M&Ms!!!"
                                      Never happened again..........
                                      Come to the dark side, we have cookies

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Frank B View Post
                                        BTW, coloredcowhorse, it's a Civet, and the coffee sells for about $600 per pound.

                                        Thanks.....must be getting older....brain just would NOT come up with correct critter last evening.
                                        Colored Cowhorse Ranch
                                        www.coloredcowhorseranch.com
                                        Northern NV

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