Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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WOW, What a week!

DAY 1: We went to pick up the goats in the evening. We couldn't find anyone with a dog crate, and the only kind we have is made of nylon. So we just covered the back seat in towels. It took us a while to catch them, but once we did it was a quick transaction, and I did not get kicked by that stupid horse again. Which is good...It took them a few minutes to settle down once we got in the car. I sat in the back with them and petted them while David drove. When we arrived home I took some pictures and got their temporary sleeping arraignments set up while they ate some of the weeds in the yard.

Day 2: It was a relatively uneventful day, the boys spent time exploring the small yard eating trees and bushes through the fence, I think they tried some of the tree limbs that David cut down a few days ago, and had a good time jumping off the porch. The number two goat is friendly, while the number 1 goat is shy and would rather avoid us. I don't really know what to do to convince him we are nice, I have tried offering them a taste of peanut butter, or banana pieces, but neither one will take them. They eat the grain, but I have not seen them eat much of the hay.

Day 3: David had been outside to do some of the animal chores before I got up at 6:30. When I went out I could not find the goats and they didn't answer when I call, which they sometimes do, and then I came back inside, and happened to be in just the right place to look through the window of the house AND the window of the porch to see something white in the chicken tractor. I have no white chickens so it had to be a goat. We had a good laugh, took a picture of it, and then got them out. then David opened the top door so the chickens could jump in and out, and I went to work. When I came home there were two goats lounging in the tractor near the chicken feeder... great... Long story I already told on the forum...I have a goat with an injured leg and a missing horn thingy... They are going to the vet next Wednesday in Hattisberg...to have their horns re-burned or removed. I learned today that goat number two's favorite thing to do is climb on a crate and jump out the window of the porch and go back around and do it again. I have had trouble catching him in the act to get a picture.

Day 4: Goat number 1 is limping but the vet said as long as he is holding it up it should be ok. My porch smells like stinky goats, but I don't care, I like having them there for observation. I must check on them every two hours or so. They are not screaming so much any more unless I call to them, The neighbor told me she thought it was the human kids down the street! They really like the food. but number 2 is always trying to steel number 1's food. When David finishes the milking stand we won't have that problem anymore. I am feeding them on the porch where we plan to put the milking stand... so it will be less of a transition.

Day 5: Today goat number 1 who I have decided to call Sam let me pet him! YAY!!! Goat number 2, Stanley is always ready to be petted, today while I was out there, me and Stan were chillin' on the outer porch watching the dogs play, when Sam lays down behind him, so I started petting Stan in long strokes down his back, and sort of petting the air near Sam's nose. He sniffed it a few times, and I was eventually able to reach out and pet him on the shoulder. I would pet him a few strokes and withdraw, and then start again a few minutes later... He did not appear to like it, but either he gave up or got lazy and just tolerated the boss's attention.

Day 6: Wooden shipping pallets piled in an unruly mess make a pretty good toy. When we went to get them I had trouble keeping Stan in the yard, he wanted to go with me, but found the effort futile after I carried him back to the porch. I am planning to store some hay on these and starting a little building project, I will probably get some more and put them out for playing on later. Stan gets mad when he can't jump off the porch because the create got moved. He even climbed my back while I examined Sam's leg today. All behavioral issues aside, it was pretty funny... I'm glad he likes me. Sam will follow his brother anywhere, but still doesn't want much of anything to do with us. I found a closer vet by half the distance and canceled the other appointment. They will still be seen Wednesday. I really hope Sam starts to put more pressure on his leg before then.

Day 7: I did not catch anyone doing anything fun today. We went out to lunch and when we got back Stanley came to greet me as I was getting out of the car, When I was getting out of the car I accidentally dropped my drink, and in spilled all over Stanley and the ground. Thankfully he did not hold it against me and was almost immediately back for more petting Sam tagged along, a safe distance away. I noticed that he is using his leg more... which is good. I think that it may still take him a while to recover, but I don't think it will need any drastic measures. So I think all we will worry about at the vet is the horns. Thank goodness. I found an even closer vet, but his fee's are ridiculous...$75 per goat just for disbudding... Now he charges $30 for a farm visit, which I might need when I have more goats... so I will keep him in mind, but I think I will need a 3erd job to afford him.

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Comment by Adrienne on July 15, 2010 at 9:45am
Other than getting into the chicken coop the once, they have not been a problem for me at all. Stanley likes to come into the house every morning...after all, why do the dogs get to come in but he doesn't? And sometimes he jumps, but he is getting better about it since I have been putting my knee up when he does that. Sometimes he tries to eat Sam's food, but when he starts that I just pick up both bowls, he is getting the idea. I feed them on the porch and touch them while they are eating so they will not have a hard transition once my milking stand gets done. Sam is real standoffish but if I really need to take a good look at him I get David to hold him and I do the checking. So far it has worked out. He probably blames David for his horn getting broken off and his leg getting hurt, and he probably doesn't want anything to do with me now since I held him while the vet burned the crap out his head. But he might come around a bit. He is still limping, but he is consistently walking, and running on the leg now, so I am not all that worried about it any more. Yes, They do stink, but they are just my stinky sweethearts. I did not want a buck to begin with, but ultimately decided it was the best option for us.
Comment by Melissa Johnson on July 15, 2010 at 12:00am
saw your boys on your page. So pretty!! I envy you being in the South!! I am from there presently in Oregon. LONG Way from home. I grew up on the Gulf Coast - Gulfport MS and born in Southeast Alabama. Hopefully sooner or later I will return. 0)
Comment by Melissa Johnson on July 14, 2010 at 11:58pm
welcome - I got mine on amazon for less than the retail price. So I will be curious as to how your buck behaves. I want to breed my 2 does, but I dont want to house a buck all year for a yearly breeding. I have read they "can" be difficult. post some pictures!! 0)
Comment by Adrienne on July 14, 2010 at 12:42pm
Thanks for telling me about the book!
Comment by Adrienne on July 14, 2010 at 12:42pm
yeah, we have only given it to him when we really need to take a good look at him.
Comment by Melissa Johnson on July 14, 2010 at 12:24pm
I have seen that on the internet - people feeding goats some bread - I am a novice also, but be careful about feeding them "stuff" ;) it should be few and far between from what I have read. I think their most natural diet is best - "just sayin" ;) I got a great book, "Goat Health Care" the Best of Ruminations 2001-2007 by Cheryl K. Smith. It is very informative and great reading!! WE Love Goats!
Comment by Adrienne on July 13, 2010 at 9:54pm
Well Stan just likes getting petted, Period. I found out Sam likes whole grain wheat bread with oats on the crust.
Comment by Melissa Johnson on July 13, 2010 at 9:46pm
my goats love a few shelled walnuts ;) I keep them in my pocket when I have them just as an offering. The way to someone's heart right??? I have also found that one of mine more than the other, likes dried cranberries also. fun - so what I dont eat - walking out there........ someone at the feed store told me, well, of course, you dont want them to just associate you with food, however, it is a good bribe :)

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