It Just Goat Serious

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WE HAVE GOATS!

The three goatateers.

The three goatateers.

Now that the shouty is out, I'll compose myself.

Goats.

At our house.

We get to cuddle, and play, and love, and pet them, all we want. All day, everyday. 

I should introduce you.

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The adorable goat on the left is Tonks. See that treble hook looking mark on her side? She was almost called "Treble", but we were afraid that would become a self fulfilling prophecy. 

Goats are enough trouble as it is.

We named her after Nymphadora Tonks, a strong female leader in the resistance against the dark lord in Harry Potter. She is going to be a triple registered doe, and came from a litter of quads her mama happily nursed. I don't know anything about picking out your milking goats, but this seemed like a good trait to have so I went with it. I know, I know. Picking out your goats is much more complicated than that. ALL the blogs say so. I read them. When it came time to actually pick out who I wanted though, I quickly realized I had no idea how to tell what udders were "well attached" or who's teats were "perfectly symmetrical".  So I went with my gut and basically took them all.

I kid. Sort of.

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This is Sky. She may possibly be the most beautiful goat I've ever seen. Yes, goats are beautiful. I know, their eyes kind of get me too at first.

She is named for one of the Warbler children that bravely escaped an evil queen and washed up on Artime in the Unwanteds book series. The human kids helped me name the goats, and we read a lot together. Many of our animals get book character names.

She is also a triple registered doe. I picked her because she was born. That's it. I was originally going to take three doelings, but when she was born I decided I had to have four. I'm already working on my goat math.

I kid again! Lots of kidding around here! We ended up taking her because I really wanted to bottle feed our first goats, and two of the doelings I picked refused to bottle feed. I couldn't take just one bottle baby. She would have been lonely.

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It was Darby (left), and May (right) that were so stubborn. I picked them out because of their coloring. I mean, those eyebrows on May. Amiright?!

Darby was named before she was even born. I always knew I wanted to name a goat Darby, and as soon as Jared saw a picture of her he said, "That's the one! That one is a Darby!" May is named after a Tyler Childers song, Lady May. Give it a listen. You won't regret it.

Neither of them are registered, but we won't hold it against them. They'll produce cute kids and milk just like the other two. We get to pick them up after they are weaned.

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Finally, there is Mini Coop.

Mini Coop is not our goat.

For now.

He is one of Sky's litter mates, and was only one and a half pounds when he was born! He's such a tiny thing. For one reason or another he became a bottle baby, and since we took all of the farm's bottle babies we took him too so he wouldn't be lonely.

The plan (for now) is to give him back when Darby and May are weened.

So that's our first herd! We got a mixed bag of registered and unregistered, and bottle babies and dam raised so we can experience all of the options and decide what works best for us so we can plan our herd growth accordingly.

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I'm still kind of in shock they are really here. GOATS was like the THE THING we were building up to. I knew we were getting them this spring, but still. It actually happened. Which just blows my mind.

Cheers!

Bev

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