OK, thanks all! My conclusion is I should
definitely keep her away from the cherry laurel. Don't have rhododendrons
I have a little taxus tree somewhere also. I'll just have to be careful where to picket her.
Mmmm, speaking of picketing, she gave me the hardest time today, she has found the way to jump (very circuslike actually) and tense the chain, and the rebound makes the ring jump off the (also metal) picket, although it's one meter high!
(I need the metal pickets because soil in summer here is very hard and I need to move her around basically every day)
I tried weighing the chain down with stones, other chains, I tried blocking the ring at soil level with a plastic screw-on thingie, blocking the top of the picket with an upturned bottle, a plastic sleeve, nothing helps!!! She does her silly goat jumps and weew! off everything flies!!! It's great fun to watch, like a magic trick, but I need a solution for this, because unpicketed she just RAIDS the trees
(and the kitchen, I found her on the kitchen table this morning emptying a packet of dried chick peas!!!)
It's true she doesn't want to be alone. She's quite happy grazing picketed when we're near her, but as soon as we move away she starts her little circus routine and rejoins us about 2 seconds later
We tried another goat for a day (Jules, a castrated male), picketed within eyesight, and Tippins was ok with that, but she didn't want to be penned up with him in the evening (although they were on the same land
together still that same morning). And rightly so, he attacked her quite nastily several times. I heard the heads clonking together and rushed back: Tippins was panicked, and Jule was REALLY having a go at her. She's not quite adult yet, but he is. A territorial issue maybe, or just a lousy character? He charged both my dogs several times also while on his picket! Jules spent the night outside and I returned him in the morning... Will maybe try a hand-raised (bottlefed) female again...
It sure makes for full days. "Fruitful" will be for another day: I wasted a whole morning trying out everything I could think
of to keep Missie on her picket; goats are smarter than you'd give them credit for!!!