We got our goats! I’m so in love, it’s ridiculous. Our breeder friend had advised we get babies instead of full grown does like we had originally planned. There are so many benefits to getting them as babies: we can raise them and train them as we wish, kind of like getting a puppy versus an older dog; we were able to get better quality for a lower price; and we get to admire the cuteness of baby goats! The downside, it will be about two years until we have milk and cheese, but we’re thinking in long term goals now instead of immediate gratification.
We got our goat last Sunday at two days old. Today they are a week old! These twin girls have two distinct personalities: one is all lovey-dovey, more cautious, loves to be pet, will come and sit at my feet or in my lap; the other is more mischievous, loves to jump up on the milk stand, nibbles on everything (a habit we’re trying to break!), and enjoys venturing off to explore the pen. I have named one of them (the lovey-dovey type) Felicity. I’m still searching for just the right name for the other (suggestions anyone?)
At four days old, our mischievous goat learned how to jump onto the milk stand. Felicity still has not figured it out yet. At five days old they both started nibbling on grass. I’m not sure that they are actually ingesting any of it, but they are nibbling nonetheless.
Because we have so many birds of prey, they spend much of their time in the barn. They get so excited to see us when we let them out for each feeding. I let them play as long as I can stay out there once they’ve finished their bottles. They had been crying when I put them back inside the barn, but after several days that has mostly stopped. The barn is now their place of rest, and they know I’ll always be back with more milk and for more play time.
I’m excited to watch these babies grow. I’m glad that my girls will grow up with animals to help take care of. I’m excited about all there is to learn. I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m enjoying every bit of it!