Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New doelings

On February 7, 2008, Princess presented us with two doelings.

This is Edna.

This is Louise.
Louise, too

We were very relieved that Princess had doelings. Bucklings would have to be banded (castrated) and/or eaten for barbecue. Not something we were looking forward to.

Goat transitions

After the initial newness wore off, we realized that we were interested in transitioning to real dairy goats. Luckily, I knew Emily of Ozark Jewels, and she was in the process of reducing her herd. She has a really fine goat herd, and I asked if she had any that she wanted to have special homes, but that might have quirks which made them hard to place.

Thus, Quirky Goat Farm was established with the arrival of Pumpkin, a Nubian yearling who didn't 'catch' when bred, and Orange, an Alpine who was producing close to a gallon of milk per day - on only one half an udder. Most goats have two teats. Orange had an injury early in her life, but her body adapted to the change. Her production is almost at the level of a high production two-teated doe.

This is Pumpkin.

This is Orange.

Our third doe was Princess, a LaMancha, which we acquired from Emily several months later. LaMancha goats have tiny ears.

Princess was pregnant when we got her ..... VERY pregnant.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter - March 23, 2008

Welcome to my new blog for Quirky Goat Farm. After about a year of owning goats, it was time to get this info up where family and friends can see it.

We started with two mini goats, which we bought at a surplus lumber yard. They were Billy Bob and Betty Lou.

After several months, they presented us with Bobbi Jo.
Betty Lou and Bobbie Jo

I learned that milking a dairy doe was easy, even on one of these miniatures. So, the next step was building a milk stand where the goat stands and snacks on grain while you milk her.

This stand was built primarily from scraps and recycled materials.
First Goat Stand