for people who love the littlest dairy goats
Lately I've been wondering if the adage about being able to tell if your pregnant doe is going to have boys because she acts "bucky" while she's pregnant is true. Juniper is being such a bossy girl lately! Her previously shy temperament is going away, and she is bossing Pokey around all the time now. She mounts him, chases him and antagonizes him by nipping at his legs and sides. She also goes around stamping her hoof a lot, not something she used to do. It's so funny. I guess if she does have a buckling(s) it will give some credence to that old adage.
But on the other hand, she's never been more affectionate with me than she is now. She always wants to be by my side and nuzzles and climbs in my lap all the time. Consequently I'm falling in love with this little creature more and more. I hope this means that if and when she does give birth, she will let me be near her to comfort her. I will only intervene if absolutely necessary, but I would love the honor of being by her side when her kid(s) is born.
They are also starting to shed their heavy winter coats so I'm getting a better look at their overall condition now that we're coming out of the cold season. They look really good, Juni is probably a bit thinner than she was, but she might just look that way because she's getting taller and longer now. Pokey looks fine, that boy knows how to survive and has since the day I brought him home as a scrawny, weak runt. Now he's a strong, healthy specimen full of vitality. I put good food in front of him, but I give a lot of the credit to him because he knew what he had to do - eat!
Now I need to bring my attention to solving the problem of neighborhood dogs straying on to my property and scaring the goats and chickens. I hope talking to the owners and asking them to be more responsible will work, but I rather doubt it will. They obviously don't care enough now to keep track of their dogs, so I don't expect them to suddenly become responsible owners. I really don't want to do anything drastic. It's not the dogs' fault their owners are idiots. Maybe animal control will help me.