I'm going to go meet them on Friday (I told her I needed to meet them before really considering them) so we'll see, I suppose!
I'm not sure exactly what roles these two play at her place. It sounds like she has a small herd of dairy goats that she's also trying to disperse. It appears (also the location she's located in suggests this) that she's the type that gets a bunch of one kind of animal, has them for a while, then gets a bunch of another kind of animal. In talking to her, it sounds like she just got a few senior horses (???) and she's realizing that feed costs for however many goats and however many horses might be more than she can pay... Weird, I know. Redneck-type people in Oregon are nuts.
The coyote, I wish he were gone too. However, in Oregon it's illegal to "do" anything about coyotes within city limits. And since Lacey and I live basically in the midst of the city (hard to explain but somehow the city has spread around the hill we live on, leaving the hill relatively country-ish but surrounding us in city-ness), our hands are tied.
The Angora's age: I totally agree. However, I really would prefer an older animal. Since I'm getting this for Lacey, and Lacey is 27, I don't want to be looking at dedicating another 10+ years to a pair of goats, after Lacey passes. I'm of the mind that you don't just get an animal for funnsies. Once you call it yours, it's yours for the long haul, you know?
Not to mention that I have a much better good relationship track record with older animals than young ones.
All the prices I've seen around here for goats are $200+ for a pair, at least. Maybe it's an area thing?
Horse prices haven't fallen here either - the usual price for a young greenbroke QH is about $1500, on the low end. Seeing prices like $4000 isn't unusual.
Do you have any tips for finding a sale barn? I tried doing a Google Search and that was not helpful (Barns for sale, anyone? haha). I know there are a few livestock auctions around but they're a minimum of 3 hours away and with gas prices like they are, even if I got the best deal in the world, buying these two I've found might end up being cheaper... :/
I posted a "Goats wanted" ad on Craigslist as well, hopefully that'll get a few hits.
So pretty much the impression I'm getting about goats getting out is that I should still fix up the fences and all, of course, but if they do get out it's not like they're going to go bopping all over the hill? They'll probably just stick around pretty close to their "home pasture"?
For fencing reference, here's a bad picture of the "sheep fencing" up by the gate (the least secure area). It's about 2ft tall there. Is just adding another 2 feet of height possibly enough or does more look like it's needed?
I really appreciate you guys(ladies!)!!