Friday, July 3, 2015

Guess who got goats!

 It happened!
We now have goats.
We put up the goat fence, built the house, read a book and were ready for the real deal!

Five, very cute, minis. They are so tiny and sweet.  

This one here is Oreo.



And here is Rose. 



I knew my kids would enjoy this, but I have been surprised at how much fun they have been having with their goats. My girls play with them like dogs--run through the field and play around. The best is feeding time though. These goats are young enough that they still need to be bottle-fed, so every morning and evening we are out there with bottles of goat-formula for our babies.  

My youngest is feeding "Skip" in this image.



I think it is sweet to have my girls up, first thing in the morning, still in their jammies feeding the goats.  They get quite the kick out of it too.

 


Initially we were just going to get three. 

But, the people we bought them from were bottle feeding 5 baby goats--the 3 my girls chose, plus 2 others. One of the others was my favorite, so I decided I wanted him too, and how could we leave just one? They were rather attached to each other, so we bought one for my husband too. 

 The little white one below is just tiny and has been named (by my 2-year-old) "Sleeping Beauty." Poor little boy goat. 
My oldest wanted to know if I thought he'd grow up confused since he has SUCH a girl name and since he couldn't make the cells to make babies. :) 
(We do not have "bucks" but instead "wethers" so they won't be breeding.)

So sweet!


And here's mine--Tanner. He is the most friendly. Apparently his mother rejected him and so was raised by people. Consequently, he is the most attached to being with people. When we walk away he cries our "maaa! maaaa!" SO LOUD.  Kind of pathetic really. And when I pick him up, he just snuggles in and is perfectly content. Too fun. What an adventure we have started. 

Before we got them many people told me at what a pain the goats were--that they eat everything and will kill our trees, and that they are master escape artists. Well, they are eating our trees, so hubby bought more fencing to put around the little ones we want to keep, and they managed to climb through the holes in the fence in one area, so hubby bought chicken wire and updated the fence. Already. So far though, our fixes are holding. :)



2 comments:

  1. Farmer B's Recipe for Goat Fencing: hog panel base fence, 1/2 hardware cloth (4') 7' deer fencing up 8' high PT posts cemented in the ground. Goat feet are like sneakers. If they can get the tip of their toe into the horizontal place, it serves as a climbing surface. show panels for goat stalls have only verticals with a 4" spacing. Think like a goat. Whatever you have inside your pen CAN'T be as good as what is on the outside.

    A thought for Sleeping Beauty: call him Beau. It's a PART of her original name. Just the boy part. The French word is beauté (pronounced bow-tay) so you ARE really using her name.

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    1. Ha! That made me laugh, and I think you are so right. I was naïve and thought that these tiny little babies wouldn't get out so much, but alas, they do! So far they alert us when they do get out by standing around and "MAAAA!" ing so loud. It seems to panic them. ANd yet, they keep doing it. :)

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