It’s what all the healthy ruminants are eating this winter!
Goats, sheep, cattle, and llamas are all ruminants. They have a rumen that lets them eat a relatively large amount of roughage at one time. They later spit it back up to further chew and break it down. This is chewing their cud.
In order to stay healthy, they need to have access to pasture or hay. Since everything here is dead, I’m giving the goats and llama hay. Of course they could eat all that dead stuff out in the pasture (After all what is hay?) if they would stay in my pasture since we don’t have snow, but that’s another topic.
Most of the time, the animals get along and are able to share.
It seems like the best morsels are always at the bottom of the bucket or tub.
This means the hay frequently does not stay in the bucket or tub.
Meg is happy to just lie on a nice bed of previously dumped hay and enjoy munching on the newly dumped pile of hay. I say there’s no need to provide a goat with bedding~they do it themselves every day. I’m only half kidding about that.
Maybe even a couple of geese enjoy a nice snack of hay,
even though they are not ruminants. It’s a tasty treat for all the barnyard birds.
Linking to Alphabe-Thursday hosted by Jenny Matlock. This week’s letter is H.