I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Crazy Goat Lady???

I have always wanted a Nubian goat: now I have 4 of them. We may have gotten carried away, but the goat farm had all these babies and it was hard to choose just one. Also, we read that they like to be together and they will clear more land in groups. We want them for weed control only. No milk, cheese or ( heaven forbid ) meat.

We spent all weekend transforming the old dog run into a goat haven. This afternoon we brought them home. They are so cute. They eat all the time and they eat everything. For a few more weeks we will be bottle feeding, then we can start weaning them . Nubians are a dairy goat suited to warm climates. We will not be breeding, so these 4 babies are males that are in the process of being castrated. They will be called wethers. A wether makes a better pet than a buck and it won't smell or do all the nasty things buck do. Well, that's about the extent of my knowledge. I have a really good book and the lady who sold us the goats will be our constant source of information. We are doing this!! Next we will need a "guard" donkey.From the opera to goats. What a life. I love it!

Oh my, One of the babies is calling out. I hear him through the open window. Must go now!

P.S. The dogs are being surprisingly good about all of this. Mokie is just curious, but we are keeping an eye on him. The first meeting went well, but then, there was a fence between them. That's all Mokie gets for a while. Just a "nose to nose", through the fence, with supervision. I don't think Maggie even knows they're here yet. Mokie found them right away but Maggie just came back in the house. She's getting so old.

1 comment:

  1. Goats?!!!

    Bet they are really cute...



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