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Saturday, March 14 2015



When in doubt, a good rule of thumb is:

Tail up = goat

Tail down = sheep

This may not always apply, especially if the tail is docked so closely you can't see it, but it's still a reasonable rule of thumb.

Orville Reddenbacher didn't get that memo.

 He is a sheep, not a goat.

In his defense, when the young ram first moved in, the ewes hated him on sight, and the only group that would let him hang out with them was the dairy goats, so he stayed with the goats, who kinda stayed with the sheep, so it was fine. The plus side is the goats are very tame and thus Orville is decently approachable without being too friendly. But recently I've noted that when the groups get split, young Orville chooses to go with the goats instead of the sheep. Yes, the goats get better food, and more of it, but sheep can't have copper in their diet, thus Orville's continued Identity Crisis can be a bit of a problem. Plus, Orville doesn't NEED the delicious groceries the goats dine on.

And times they are a changing. The pregnant girls are beginning to show. Feather is starting to 'udder up.' Sparrow is getting a matronly spread.

It's time to evict Orville from the group before babies are born. I thought this would be as easy as simply locking the goats up and leaving him outside, but he waits. Like a teenaged boy, he waits. He waits for them to return his Facebook messages and Tweets. He waits.

The goats do not return his affection. He is, after all, a meat sheep, far beneath dairy goats on the Farm Caste system.  They let him hang around because they are ladies, ladies from the South. Well-bred ladies from the South are never rude. After all, there is never a good excuse for bad manners. Bless his heart.

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 09:36 am   |  Permalink   |  3 Comments  |  Email
Oh my, will he know what to do when the time comes, if he thinks he's a goat?
Posted by Patty on 03/14/2015 - 03:47 PM
He's NOT gonna get eaten is he? He has to be more than a "Meat Sheep" HE has a name!!!!!!!! and besides he's got a feature in your blog he's famous!!
Posted by Gina on 03/16/2015 - 02:26 AM
LOL! No, Gina, He's safe. He is one of the lucky males who gets to be a breeding ram. As long as he is nice, he won't be eaten.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 03/19/2015 - 09:48 PM

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