Our little guys are still young enough that they are getting goats milk 3 times a day…
but before they get their last bottle for the day, we take them for a walk and they gobble up as many weeds as they can!
They LOVE Queen Anne’s Lace!
Among the favorites are the dandelions and they even eat the puffs!
We were laughing at what that texture must be like….mmmmm, fuzzy 😉
Of course the blackberry vines are delicious!
As are the dead leaves from this apple tree branch.
I believe this is a wild rose. The thorns really don’t seem to bother them!
We all enjoy our evening walks, but they are always eager to get back to the barn and their bottles.
at least that is what I have learned with our sheep. It appears to be working with the goats too 😉
When we brought them home, they had not had a lot of one on one handling, or ever had a collar on, but these boys have caught on so quickly! We started by putting their collars on before giving them their bottles, and consistently did that before each feeding. Now, they line up to have their collars put on!
What good little guys.
Once they were comfortable with the collars, we started tying them up before feeding.
This serves a couple of different purposes…one – they aren’t fighting each other for their bottles and second – they are learning to stand tied nicely.
When they were comfortable with their collars and standing nicely when tied, we started taking them for a small walk after they finished their bottles. This was only 2 days in. They are now very comfortable going on longer walks.
After bottle time, is time for scratches and snuggles 🙂
It has been a hectic week! We have a vendor booth and are exhibiting our sheep at the Country Lifestyle Experience this weekend. It is a new event for our area. There is a trade show and seminars. I’m hoping I can sneak out of the vendor booth long enough to attend a couple of the seminars. I will post pictures and details later, but this was too funny to wait…
Some alpacas get fancy trailers but these guys have their own bus!
They very calmly walked down the stairs and seemed excited to get in the barn.
I wish I had gotten there earlier because my sister hauled 7 goats in the back of her 4 Runner with 2 baby goats at her feet!
They are such cute babies!
I first met Tammy when she brought her little Aussie out for herding lessons. She has become a friend and is a great lady. Today my son and I visited her farm to see her lambs and all the rest of the critters she has.
She bought 3 ewe lambs from us 2 years ago and borrowed a ram lamb from us to breed them. Unfortunately she lost her Dorper ram before he could breed her Katahdin ewes, so the Jacob ram bred them as well. The results are very interesting…
for instance, this is a Jacob x Katahdin cross and the real shocker is that her brother has horns!!!
They all have really cool markings…
and are very cute!
This is one of her Jacob lambs. She is a 4-horn and has a lovely fleece.
This is her other Jacob ewe lamb. She is a very pretty 2-horn lilac. She liked posing for the camera 🙂
These little guys were my son’s favorite! He thinks it’s funny when they suck on his fingers…
and they were very willing to do just that 🙂
She also has Magpie and Harlequin ducks…
Some beautiful chickens that provided farm fresh eggs for us – thank you!
and a very handsome rooster!
This little lamb was sleeping when the chicken must have passed a little too close because she jumped up and butted the chicken out of the way.
We had a great visit.
Yesterday, my son and I played with my sister’s baby goats – they are so cute and so bad 🙂
Their individual personalities are starting to come out…
This little boy thought it was funny to rear up on his hind legs and try to head butt us.
The girl is very regal.
This little guy is so handsome!
They all took turns surfing on mama’s back.
Since everyone enjoyed the lamb racing video so much, I took some more video today. This time I used a better camera (the first one was on my cell phone while I was doing chores).
The following video is of my sister’s Nigerian Dwarf Goat babies that were born early this morning. They are so cute 🙂