- When you are asked how many goats you have, and it takes several minutes to count and name them on your fingers before you are able to give an answer.
- When you can't take your annual winter vacation this year because you're broke - because of how much money is getting spent on grain, hay and supplements. Or along the same lines but even worse, when you skip high dollar items, treats, at the grocery store so you still have enough money for alfalfa and sunflower seeds for the goats.
- When you are constantly excusing bad goat behavior, saying, "she just needs to get handled more."
- When you start cutting corners with their feed regime, wanting to always have kelp, molasses and olive oil on hand, but instead have it around about half the time. Or the milkers are looking scrawny and you know they need more Alfalfa, but since you can't afford it you start soaking the peas or high protein legumes from your kitchen cupboards, if it's summer, taking them for longer browsing walks, etc.
- When the manure and leftover hay pile up faster than you can move it out, or maybe that just happens no matter how many livestock you have??
- When you run out of room. When goats start sleeping outside instead of fighting for prime indoor space.
- When you start fantasizing about a day in the future when you have less goats.
- When you sit down with the receipts from the year and realize what else you could have done with that huge chunk of money, several vacations, new house, (hah, just kidding- about the house).
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