More goats on the farm

Our daughter and her husband drove 7 hours to pick up 2 more registered Nigerian dairy goats

One grown one already had babies and still has milk she will be bred again in August. Our daughter can practice milking on this goat 1 x a day because she still has milk. The other one was just bred and should have her babies in December. I said, babies, because most goats have multiples.

While they were there they went ahead and bought a buck and they were given a wether to keep the buck company. They say wethers make really good pets.

Now they have a total of 7 goats. I think that will be all the goats for now because some will be having babies and others will be bred when they are old enough.

I hope to get some pictures of them next week to share.

The little lamb

Next door I noticed a little lamb and normally all the lambs are born in the spring.

This mom is a Suffolk sheep and we are pretty sure by its color and markings, the baby is a Dorper sheep. The baby still has it tails all other lambs tails are removed when they are a week old or so. For some reason, the Dorpers keep their tails.

We are guessing this mom is a nanny sheep and she took on this orphan Dorper.

Needless to say, they are quite cute together and she seems quite protective of this little baby.

They were going to walk off when they saw me approaching the fence until they saw the cats following me. They stopped turned around and came back to look at the cats.

The curiosity of sheep is a funny thing sometimes.

I love photographing baby animals and their moms there is just something so sweet about it all.

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Buttercup the goat

This is Buttercup the goat she was bought at the same time as Princess.

When buying these little goats even though they are registered it is very important to view pictures of the farms first before putting down large deposits. This is a lesson our daughter has learned the hard way.

These babies were very small probably 7 pounds at the most when they were picked up. This past Sunday we weighed them and they were 9.5#s and that was after getting a lot of grain, hay and goat supplement milk replacer.

Our cat Mr. Bird weighs about 16#s to give you an example of how tiny these little goats are. He is actually taller than they are.

Buttercup was taken to the vet because she was coughing badly and she was diagnosed with pneumonia from being in overcrowded conditions at her previous home.

She is fine now fine and they are both getting daily injections of antibiotics for 5 days. Giving shots is not easy to goats they scream like a child.

We have been taking extra precautions since the little goats were sick to make sure they stay healthy and continue to grow properly.

Buttercup loves to run, jump and climb on the tires and even sleep inside the tires. The children are leash training the goats and they are all doing quite well.

I am now considering getting my own goats but do I want to keep them here or at our home or our daughter’s house with her hers I have to think about this.

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Texas hills

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Wanderlust.

Just about 3 hours from where we currently live is a little bit of Texas beauty.

Texas landscape changes a lot depending on what county you are in. Brazoria county is sort of flat plain and has a lot of trash trees. Once you get into Grimes county the landscape changes.

Near Navasota, Bryan and College station the landscape is hilly and that makes a landscape breathtaking.

I spotted this huge pond but part of it had a walkway across it with dirt and grass.  I am not sure what the horses and cows would do when there is a traffic jam I guess someone has to jump off and swim. Neither one would be so good at backing up on the skinny island walkway.

I am tired of the noise of heavy equipment that we hear every day due to development in the area, traffic jams, and busy stores. The area we live in now is not the same as it used to be I guess things change after almost 39 years.

Maybe we will retire in the hills on some acreage where life is simple, laid back and relaxing. A place where nature is all around us and the grass seems greener. Beautiful views without all the distractions. We can take a deep breath breathe clean air and see miles and miles of countryside.

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Goat sitting

Well, its official I am a goat sitter.

Jeanelle and David were supposed to sign the papers last Friday on the house and the seller held it up for two more weeks so it looks like it will be next Friday instead.

In the meantime, there were already 3 goats ready for pick up these things can not be canceled because you already paid a big deposit.

These little goats are in high demand and the registered ones are even harder to find. Jeanelle only wants registered goats because of shows and breeding. Our grandkids will get into shows as they get older. I think right now you have to be eight years old. They ought to be quite used to goat handling by then.

Needless to say, Clover sleeps at night in the small kennel on the back porch since she is all alone I do not want her to be scared of anything weird like Coyote noises and I am terrified of them getting to her. I have seen and heard them often around here when the baby sheep are being born in the springtime.

At daylight, I take her out and put her into the large cyclone kennel and feed and water her. That is where she stays until it is almost dark. She has a climbing thing in there and she stands, sits and climbs on it all day long. They are like little kids and love to play all day long.

She should have some friends here on Saturday the other two will be picked up the other side of Fort Worth.

I am not quite sure how easy it will be juggling three of them in and out of kennels but I love helping them out even if it is temporary. I might have to get my own goat to keep at their house just so I have one lol.

 

 

Clover the goat

Yesterday our daughter Jeanelle her 11-month-old baby Adrian and I took off on a road trip to Waco, Texas.

We were on a mission to pick up Nigerian Dairy Goat # 1 of 3 that our daughter and son in law have already bought for their little farm.

I do believe that goat #2 and #3 will be picked up later this week. That will be another road trip in a different direction.

While at the farm our daughter was able to find out a bunch of information about raising dairy goats. She had been researching this for a good while but someone in the business can give you information and advice you may not find elsewhere.

She even got to taste goat milk and goat milk ice cream. She said they both were very good. She said the milk is a little bit thicker than whole milk but had no after taste. We learned that what you feed them is what determines the taste.

I was busy occupying Adrian which can be somewhat of a challenge sometimes he was trying to get down and crawl around and I knew I had to hold him. He did very well on the 3-hour trip there and 3-hour trip back and even managed to take 3 naps because he was bored.

The baby goats name is  Clover she is 8 weeks old and she is a triplet and was the smallest one. All they goats they are getting will be registered.

Andrew named her when he saw her. The girls will name the other two goats and no telling what they will come up with.

She cried in the back of the suburban for 30 minutes straight because she missed her family, home, and security. After that, she settled down and would make a few peeps but she was not bad at all. She sure was glad to get out of the dog kennel when we got back. She is very sweet and did eat out of all the kid’s hands which they all loved.

Here are a few pictures I was able to get but I hope I can get some better ones as she settles down a little bit this was right after she got out of the kennel.

Here at home, my husband had Andrew, Karina, and Sophia for the day. They made chocolate chip cookies, played fetch with Daisy, played outside, colored pictures of farm animals and watched some tv. This gave them some special Pappy time.

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