|Operation CHICKEN DANCE: The shock troops in our assault were chickens; the coop was placed in the main pasture.|
|We initially placed a fence around the coop, fearing predation.|
|The chickens, being zealous troops with airborne capability, ignored the fence, and have expanded their range considerably. However, their strategic effect has been negligible.|
|Operation SHOCKING GOAT: Following the success of the goats in the castle, we attempted an assault on the dense blackberries surrounding the demolished structure and nearby walnut trees. This was also a test of a new type of electric fence.|
|The goats may have been intimidated by the overwhelming amount of blackberries, or perhaps homesick. A mutiny, led by Ariella, resulted in the regiment's rout and retreat (running through electric fencing) to their secure territory in the castle.|
Near term strategy has HOOFED LOCUSTS expanding south and west, and commando units of goats from EXPANDING DOE and BUCK WILD being deployed (with electromesh fencing) on pockets of blackberry resistance.
Completion of BARN DANCE will provide a strong advance base of operations, with water and food depots for pacification of the entire southern theater. Increases in troop strength from EXPANDING DOE, EXPANDING EWE, and recruitment from external sources will assist in both occupation and invasion. Heavy resistance from concentrations of poison oak and blackberry will complicate occupation of the south and southwest. Complementary specialization (goats' preference for browse, sheep for grass) and expansion of fencing capabilities could result in complete occupation, if not pacification, of the pasture by 2014 or 2015.
This campaign accounts for about half of our property. We'll still need to fence and occupy the giant shed at the south end of the property--which is completely surrounded by poison oak and blackberry. We need to rebuild one bridge across the creek, and build one more, and then fence the streams and surrounding forest. Then, we need to fence and graze the area across the creek, which is completely wild with blackberry and poison oak, into submission. There's gonna be a lot of blood, tears, toil, and sweat.