Today was SUPPOSED to be the day we were going to get our poor sheep and goats out of the pens they’ve been living in since the new goats got here (no more room at the inn!) but instead Jon got called in to work. Days like this are nice, though. Knowing Daddy will be home soon, it seems the atmosphere is different than normal… quieter, more restful. So while the kids play outside, I took the opportunity to get a few pictures of our new girl, Suduko, and our baby eweling (is that a word?), Whisper.
Whisper is actually not supposed to be with us anymore – she was supposed to be a part of the trade for Suduko, but two days before she was scheduled to leave, she injured her front leg pretty badly (we’re still not sure how.) She wouldn’t put any pressure at all on it, and Jon was worried about tendon damage, so we contacted the woman who was supposed to take her and asked how she wanted us to proceed. She felt that Whisper would heal better without the stress of being moved, and offered to proceed with the trade and add just $25 to the price of Suduko, if we would meet her a little further toward her home! To be honest, I’m REALLY glad (very selfishly) that it happened this way, because Whisper was our only female baby this lambing, and I was really sad at the thought of her leaving us!
She has come a long way since then and is putting almost all of her weight on that foot again. She’s still wearing a bandage (the cut was pretty nasty) but it’s healing well!
These were the best shots I could get, as she kept wanting to cuddle in close, and hunt around my clothes for a bottle!
And this is Suduko!
Suduko has got to be, hands down, the most mild mannered, easygoing goat I’ve ever been around (you know, because I’ve been around so many of them that I’m an excellent judge of character.) The last two times we got goats, we went through days of them not eating and (in the case of our first set of goats) them not coming anywhere NEAR us. Both times, we had goats get out within the first week (this seems to be recurring pattern with us,) and had to chase then down (or lure them in!) and none of them have ever gone willingly to the milkstand. (Not that I blame them – we have seven loud children and cats and chickens everywhere out there!) Suduko, however, acted right at home from the moment she got here! True to pattern, she did get out of her pen after having only been here for a few hours, but she pranced right up to us and then jumped onto the milk stand! When it was time for me to worm the goats, I had to fight to get it down all of them, until I came to Suduko – and she sucked it down like a baby on a bottle!!! She knows her name and comes when called, and although there were some major confrontations with the other goats when she first got here, that all resolved itself once we started treating her with the respect she deserved and let her go first to the milk stand! (Actually, the problems were all on the end of our other goats who were determined that she would go last and poor Suduko had always been FIRST at her old home! Once I understood this, and the other girls understood this, they stopped treating her so badly!)
And she has much more going for her than her awesome personality. Her dam was on ADGA’s top ten list for milk production in 2011 and her previous owner was regularly getting 3lbs (about a quart and a half) each day from her, as a second fresher. Her breeder expected her to follow in her dam’s footsteps as she matured and I’m REALLY excited about her! We’re hoping to get her on milk testing when she freshens (has kids) this fall which, if she does well, will increase the value of her kids. It’s all VERY exciting!
And just for fun, here is a picture of one of our new girls, Candi:
She’s been very unhappy with me, as we’ve stopped trying to milk her, which means she doesn’t get grain anymore (we were hoping to get her production back up, but were never able to.) I’m considering letting the kids have a go of it, though, if she’ll continue producing without grain. Her 3-4 ounces won’t do much to contribute to our milk supply, but the kids would probably enjoy it and it would be good practice for them!
Well, that’s it from the farm today! Jon will be home soon and hopefully we can get a little bit done before it gets too dark. Until then, I’m going to lay on the couch with a good book!