Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Meet the Goats!


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:

Abigail
Meet Abigail! I got her in June 2011 as a bottle baby, and she was my very first goat. She is the herd queen, and is slightly stubborn, but also very friendly. She is such a pretty doe, with a very strong build. She is due to have her first kids in July 2013, and will be one of our milkers this fall. She comes from great dairy lines, so I expect her to be a great producer.

Noah
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...

Addy
Meet Addy! Addy was born in January 2012, and I got her for my birthday in February 2012. She is the most calm, quiet, and polite goat I have ever met! Cute too I must say. She should have her first kids next year sometime. We bred her this year, but it didn't take. Once she does though, she should be a great milker! If you ever meet Addy, you will want to take her home with you!

Penny
Meet Penny! Penny is a 2-year-old doe, born in April 2011. I bought her in July 2012 with her little doeling, Penelope. She is pretty shy, but she's getting better. Penny is due to have her 2nd kids in July 2013, and will also be our milker for the fall along with Abigail.


Penelope as a baby
Meet Penelope! Penelope is a beautiful chocolate doe that turned one last month. I got her with her mother, Penny, when she was very young. She is sweet and spunky, and still acts like a kid. She might have her first kids in July 2013, but I'm not 100% sure if she's actually pregnant. It'll be a surprise either way! She is so adorable, and I love having her on the farm.

Lillian
Next up is Lillian! Lillian was born in November 2012 and I got her for my birthday this year. She absolutely adores people, and that is probably because none of the other goats really like her. She is the youngest goat in the herd, but when that changes, she should have a happier life. She is super petite, so she won't be having kids anytime soon. She is so precious, and I give her special attention every day because her big brown eyes just break my heart...

Madeline
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
Well, there you have it! All 8 of my darling little goats. I love having them around, and don't see myself getting rid of them any time soon.

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!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to comment! Do any of you have goats?


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21 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, how sweet! My dad's goats had kids a few months ago, and I just loved them. They even loved to be cuddled, it was awesome!

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  2. Oh, I want goats and hope to someday have them! Thanks for the pictures. I would love to take Bella home with me!

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    1. Goats are awesome, Vickie! And Bella is pretty cute!

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  3. They are just precious. I would love to have some milk goats and laying hens but we live in the city.

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  4. Awwww! They look very cute. I'm curious how big they are, especially since they are dwarfs. Would love to see pictures of them next to someone for scale. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. Thanks, Bethany! Our Nigerians average at about 19in. tall at the shoulders. They are pretty tiny, and I can easily lift any one of them.

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  5. They're all so cute! My favorite picture is the first one where they look like they're kissing...too adorable!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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    1. Thanks, Selene! That is one of my favorite pictures, too!

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  6. LOVE the goats! So cute! We used to have a goat - we called him Cody the Goatie. haha He and our Great Pyrenees were best friends. :) Your pictures make me miss him!

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    1. Thanks, Saxon! I love my goats!

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  7. I think goats are adorable and I've heard too many people complain about them. I'm really happy you posted this story about your goats. I just knew there was a reason these people were having problems with their goats. I'm eager to read your future posts on goats.

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    1. Yeah, it makes me sad when people complain about them. They really are great if you have the right setup. I'm happy to hear you are looking forward to future posts! Subscribe so you don't miss them!

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  8. We are the Kiessling Family. And we are trying to start our own goat family...:) We live on an acre. We have never done this before. We do want dairy goats. We think they are adorable. We have 6 children - so there are plenty of helpers & people to love on them....:) We have been researching this for several months now. Just a little nervous on getting going. Could use all the advice we can get! Love your site! Janet Kiessling

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  9. Btw, our address is janetkiessling@yahoo.com

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  10. These guys are so CUTE! Thanks for sharing. Linda

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  11. Oh how I love goats! I wish I could have a couple - my husband is still recovering from me getting chickens last year :-)

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  12. I wish I had land so I could have some goats. They are beautiful. They are lucky to have such a great goat-mom!

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  13. Aw... I would love to meet them in person!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend! We've already got it pinned! :)

    Sue @thet2women.com

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  14. We have goats. I just love having them around.

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  15. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/.


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    Hugs, Cathy

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  16. This is the most amazing, sweet and loving post I've read in a loooooooooooooong time
    Thank you so much for sharing it :)

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