Friday, September 30, 2011

Our Growing Herd

As mentioned in a previous post, our little goat herd was going to grow, and this past week, Dad, Mom, Leah and I took an evening to drive down to pick up the new additions. Two bred Boer does that have great bloodlines, but they are both old girls so are a little past their prime. And since they are old, they aren't the prettiest of animals, though they sure are sweet! We had a very pleasant evening visiting with the people we were getting them from and then we enjoyed a tour of their Boer goat farm. They had an amazing set up and so many goats!

This is probably my favorite of the two, as she is so sweet! She loves attention, and will follow us around the pen, or, of we are outside of the pen working on other things, she'll stand as close to us as she can.

This is the older of the two, and also the dominate one, and she was a little more stand-offish when we first got them. We have been working with her, though, and she has gotten a lot more friendly toward us. So much so that she is much like the other one now in how much she likes to be petted and how she follows us around.

With having these two does now, it is exciting to see the start of our meat goat herd! We have been wanting to get started in Boers for a long time, and it has been wonderful to see how the Lord provided these two does.

Daddy feeding the girls branches - they really like eating the leaves

We had originally thought to move Dixie and the little guys in with the Boers, but after getting them and seeing how the oldest girl (#7) was a little aggressive towards the other Boer (#55) if she got too close to her, we weren't sure if it would work. So just to see, we brought Dixie over to the Boer goat pen on a lead and introduced them. #7 did not like her at all, so Dixie and the little boys will continue to have their own pen together. Those three sure get along well, and it makes me smile when I go out there and see them all curled up together in a corner sleeping.

Leah and Dixie . . . Dixie likes being out on a lead with us, and she was having fun eating leaves and other various things. Plus she enjoyed all of the petting, too.

While I was photographing the goats, one of the hens came up to investigate . . . chickens sure are curious little animals! Or perhaps, since they know that we give them treats (garden scraps, etc.) maybe she thought I might have something for her. :)

#55 . . . we really need to come up with names for them instead of numbers!

If all goes well, then, we should have kids in January! Yes, the coldest month of the year, but hopefully everything will go well for them!

12 comments:

  1. They are sooo cute!
    We have four sheep at home, but we would like to have a goat too...

    Kay

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  2. How sweet! These swet goats must be a wonderful blessing for your family!

    In Christ,
    ~Shannon~

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  3. I love how you love your animals.

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  4. Aw.. how fun. :) I have always liked goats. Thanks for sharing your pictures and experiences!

    In Christ,
    Mikailah

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  5. My neighbor has some cows that are very old, 15 - 19 years, and he calls them his "Senior Citizens"! I thought of that when you mentioned that these two ladies are up in age! :-) They sure are nice, and I like Dixie, she's pretty.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  6. It was nice to see a comment from you, Kay! :) I have seen photos of your sheep before, and they are cute, too. They must be fun animals to have, and maybe someday you'll have a goat as well!

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  7. They are, Shannon! We are really enjoying them so far. :)

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  8. Aww, thank you, Suze. :)

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  9. I am glad that you enjoyed the post, Mikailah, and you're welcome in regards to sharing! Goats are fun animals, and we've always liked them as well . . . and even more so now that we have our own!

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  10. Your comment made me laugh, Mrs. Anne! "Senior Citizens" . . . that would be very fitting for these old girls. :) Thanks for sharing! We think Dixie is pretty, too, and it will be so fun once we can start milking her.

    I hope that you have a wonderful rest of the weekend as well!

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  11. How fun that you're getting more animals for your homestead!

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  12. How exciting! :o) I would love to come and visit! We will be learning about goats this year at some point with my son's school. Hopefully we can find somewhere to go to see some goats up close! :o)

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)