Thanks, guys! I'll give it some more thought, then. Hadn't factored in rubbing. I had hot wired the apiary originally for that very reasons because I have cows already. Don't know that I want to add a second hot wire fence. I would definately consider a smaller breed, since I do not have fond memories of big goats as a child. I guess I was hoping they would learn to stay clear of the hive, but it might still be worth the experiment.