Thursday, February 25, 2010

Goat Spit

I have a confession to make, but I have to tell you a story.

We've had just a wonderful week with the goats. Cassie's Mini-Mancha triplets born on the 16th, and everything went smooth! Total of about eleven pounds in two bucklings and a doeling.

Orange's twin bucklings born on the 24th, early in the morning. HUGE kids. Nineteen pounds of kids! Orange is still a bit sore.

Because we are selling one of Orange's bucklings as a bottle kid, we started them on supplemental bottles right away. I go to the kid pen three times a day and work on getting Tim and Tony to take a couple of ounces from a bottle. As they are getting plenty of milk from Orange, the goal is simply to accustom them to milk from more than one source.

This afternoon, Tony had drunk a couple of ounces, and I was sitting with Tony in my lap, and he was reluctant to suck the rubber nipple. Thinking it might not be flowing well, I took it off, checked the inside, checked it again as I put it back on, and tried again. No sucking by Tony. So, I did what any good Goat Gran does. Sucked on the nipple to see if it worked. YES, I have goat spit.

Here's Anthony (Tony) DiNosso and Timothy (Tim) McGee.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Introducing Abby, Gibbs, and Ducky.

Cassie, our Mini-Mancha, gave us triplets on February 16th. They are named after characters on our favorite television show, NCIS. They each weighted close to 3 1/2 lbs, a little more and a little less. They were up and active and sucking very soon.