Monday, February 25, 2008

Baby Goat!

Spring is starting to arrive, despite the recent snow (at least it melts)!


Joanie had this little one yesterday. A beautiful black doe with little white spots. So cute.


We warmed her up with some towels and a blowdryer, then watched what mom would do. Mom was pretty good about licking her all over, responding to her bleats with a mom call, and even nudging her towards the udder.


Of course, did we see her nurse yesterday? No. We saw her frantically looking for a nipple, and bleat. We even spent about an hour in the pen with them, showing her the nipple, feeding her colostrum, and getting frustrated.

Nate and I both slept bad last night, hoping we'd wake up to a living baby goat. We did! And...she was nursing.

Whew.

What a cutie. I wish I was home now to watch.

10 Comments:

At 2:56 PM, Blogger knottygnome said...

so so cute!

i hope to have my own fiber-y animals one day. i like to read your blog and pretend i have your life. :-)

not that i'm planning to SWF you or anything. i promise.

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

She is just so darn cute!

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger glittrgirl said...

That is one cute kid.

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Awwwwwwww!!! That's way too cute!

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Bezzie said...

Oh dear god, so damn cute! Aren't you glad you don't have to give birth in a few months to a pair of mini-horns and four hooves? ;-)

 
At 4:33 AM, Blogger Jo said...

So sweet! We had baby goats when I was a teenager and they are so personable and like little dogs.

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger Magatha said...

Congrats on the kid!

tee hee

Isn't life wonderful?

 
At 7:26 AM, Blogger Carolyn said...

How cute is she??

Goats are REALLY good at this stuff - the mums help the kids and if the kids can stand up and walk, they'll find the milk, don't worry! I know that's easier said than done though, and we always like to see them take that first drink as well. Eddie's quite the expert now at holding the kid up to the udder and getting them drinking ;)

You've got such fun ahead of you!

 
At 9:44 AM, OpenID MarieGrace said...

OMG!!!

I can't contain myself!!!

I love goats... pygmys are my favorite and they are actually one reason we moved back to the country.

When the older 2 kids were little we bottle raised a baby pygmy and just adored him. We plan to bottle raise another one (or 2) hopefully this year.

I.Am.So.Jealous.

Goats are the best! So sweet and gentle:-)

We may end up with a lamb too. A friend of ours has a few sheep and one doe is getting rather old and only one side of her udder works... the stinker throws triplets every year and them can't feed them all. We're on standby.

 
At 10:50 PM, OpenID crazymonkeycreates said...

'tis the season, eh? My friend Ellen just had 2 kids (goat kids, not people kids), and has another pregnant goat, bringing her flock to 8 now. :D

 

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