Tuesday, April 8, 2014
expanding the herd
We have new goat friends! They are unnamed as of yet, this young Nigerian dwarf doe and her four-week-old adorable buckling (who I know will get bigger and increasingly stinkier come fall - and may actually have only one horn - but isn't he just the cutest little guy?! Prepare to be inundated with irresistible baby goat photos). They came to us just an hour before dusk last night, and I fretted quite a bit about letting them stay unsupervised with the rest of our herd. The new ones kept following me toward the house as dark settled. But then I saw Spring coming to the lower pasture to lead them back to the barn, and I felt she would look after them. And so she did. Such a good herd queen, that girl, with a strong maternal instinct that I've grown myself to deeply understand; she was Abby's guardian, too, during her recent struggle with bloat.
Slowly, we're trying to expand our herd to add more milking does, and hopefully another buck so we can breed and maintain a closed herd. This is kind of the next step for us, I think. At some point, I'd actually love to have a few fiber goats, too!
But for now, these are the sweetest, tiniest little things, and to be quite honest I'm not sure how milk-able the doe will be (she really is small!) but oh, we're enjoying them so. I certainly don't need any excuses to venture out into the warmer air to snuggle a new baby goat. (Or, for that mater, to work on the garden or look for the "beautiful little duck," as my daughter calls the wild drake living by the pond). Ah, sweet spring. It's the best medicine for a rough day or any sort of weary heart. You can't put a price on that.