My goats are wonderful members of the farm, and they are really what got me started on this whole homesteading adventure (more on that later). I got my first two in 2011, and it became a slight obsession from there...
We currently have 8, but that number is about to change, as 3 are due this month, and 1 this fall. Get ready for some super cute pictures! All of them are registered, purebred, Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats, and I couldn't be happier with this breed!
Anyways, here are all my goats, and a little bit about each of them:
Meet Noah! He is wether (neutered male), and is the only boy in the herd (poor guy!). He was born in June 2011, and I got him as a bottle baby just a few hours after Abigail. He was only 3 lbs. when I took him home! Although Noah can't breed the does and doesn't produce milk or kids, he is still wonderful at keeping the other ones company, and eating! One special thing about Noah is his wattles. Wattles are just little skin tags that hang from under a goat's jaw area, but they are fairly uncommon. I just love this sweet little boy...
|Penelope as a baby|
Meet Madeline! This picture describes her perfectly. She is hilarious! Madeline was my first blue-eyed goat, and I got her in June 2013 right around her 3rd birthday. Her markings are gorgeous, and anyone that visits the farm always points out how pretty she is. She had triplets earlier this year at a different farm, and is due to kid again in early October, making her our winter milker. I can't wait!
Last but not least, meet Bella! Bella is a beautiful red doe with big blue eyes. I got her in June 2013 right after Madeline. She is 2 years old and has already had 2 sets of kids. I bought her in-milk, but she had not yet been trained, and neither had I! Well, needless to say, after about 2 miserable weeks of training, she is now the best milk goat I could ever ask for! She will be bred again this fall for spring 2014 kids. She is such a beautiful little lady, and I'm so happy I added her to my herd.
|Abigail and Noah as kids|
Some people will tell you that goats are annoying and very hard to own. If you don't have the proper setup, or are not educated enough about goats, this can be true. I am planning to write several posts in the future about goat ownership, so anyone that is considering buying goats can gain more knowledge and feel more comfortable with the whole idea.
Thanks for stopping by!
This post is part of: Homestead Barn Hop