So began what became a series of “musical barns.” We tried them in the sheep barn first, but they were a bit too rough for our elderly sheep. We tried mingling them with several of our established goat groups, but they were butting heads. As the “new guys,” they were the often bullied. We watched on like nervous parents.
We decided it was best to give Taylor and Reiman space to themselves for the winter where they could be fully relaxed and continue feeling more at ease at the sanctuary. They began letting their guard down and would run and play in our presence, leaping from the boulders in their pasture and headbutting each other as goats love to do.
Come springtime, it was time to try them out with a group again. First, we revisited the sheep barn, where Taylor and Reiman once again displayed their Houdini-like escapist skills; we soon spotted them running around with a herd of goats! No matter what we tried—placing hay bales against the gates, and even replacing our gates with new ones—they always found a way to slip through and explore new horizons. So, we decided to honor their wishes and moved them into the goatherd, nicknamed “Roger’s group,” permanently.
Much to our befuddlement, however, they continued escaping—spending some days with one herd of goats, some days with a different herd, and some days with the sheep! The once shy pair have become the curious socialites of Farm Sanctuary.
The boys have grown so comfortable here that they often venture out alone; gone are the days where they spent every moment together. They remain bonded and prefer each other’s company best, but they will also explore on their own accord; it’s not unusual to find Taylor in one pasture, and Reiman in another! When in the sheep barn, Reiman now approaches people on tours, and cries out for attention if the petting stops.