|Banjo Eating Licorice Fern|
|Lucy Eating Male Alder Catkins|
|Male Alder Catkin on left, Female Alder Catkin on right|
Alder catkins contain protein, simple sugars, fat, starches, amino acids, over 40 vitamins and minerals and trace amounts of glucose oxidase, an antibacterial compound. Found this info on this site, thought the site was cool for other info too. http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/food/saldercatkins/index.html
|Lucy and possible a patch of Pacific Star Flower|
What is this? Lucy loves it too. I think its Pacific Star Flower but can't be sure. She nabs all she can get her lower teeth into.
Note: Turns out Lucy and Banjo are eating Pacific Waterleaf
|Banjo Eating Pacific Star Flower|
|Liken The Lichen|
|Banjo enjoying some yummy lichen|
|Huck testing the fungus among us|
|A close up of the unknown fungus [insert ominous Wild Kingdom tune here]|
Of course they eat grain too! In fact they will eat grain until they bloat and get sick if we don't ration it. We hang the chicken feeders up high when the goats are visiting but, they still seem to think they can reach it (actually, Lucy can). Look above Banjo's head, you can see one of the feeders there.
|Hay Box Mayhem|
|Snacking on scraps|
|Eating invasive Blackberries|
|Cedar makes great breath freshener|
|Coffee, can you blame them?|
I personally think they express or communicate with their mouth. This photo appears as though Banjo is telling Mesa a secret but, the little secret is he's attempting to bite her ear (he opted not to in the end). The boys will bite Lucy's ears to protest her hogging the food or the best position in the hay box. They attempt to bite Mesa's ears to bully her and/or challenger her. If I sit with them for evening visits, inevitably Banjo will find my ears and try to bite them. Perhaps Banjo just wants my attention or he's being playful? Banjo likes to hold my finger in his mouth like a small child holding their parents finger. Lucy "mouths" my fingers when I am leaving for the evening, maybe to say good bye or to ask me not to go. Who knows?
|Stinging Nettle (note the arrow)|