I know, I know…We are pushing our limits here in the suburbs but we are sooo super excited that we have goats now!! Meet Flora and Fauna! These girls are so precious!
We have been planning on getting goats for a long time. We decided it would be best to have them while our Great Pyrenees puppy, Guinevere, (who will be our live stock guardian), is still young so that she can be used to them. I mentioned before that Guinevere was born in the midst of goats, sheep, chickens, and many animals and her parents are working dogs, so we wanted to keep that environment going for her instead of incorporating it back later.
We are totally loving our girls! They are like little children who are just so lovable and playful. They have been a beautiful site to see outside foraging in the back with the chickens and a joy to get to know.
This is Flora. We got her first. She was actually born a few feet away from where we were standing at the farm the day we got Guinevere. One week later, we went back to the farm and got our sweet Flora. Although, she was not in our original plans of purchasing, I am so glad now that we have her.
Our original plans were that we were going to get one Nigerian Dwarf and one Mini Nubian doeling. When the guy who we got our puppy from offered for us to give Flora a try, we went to see her and immediately fell in love with her. She was calm and sweet and so was her mother. She had already been handled and played with from the family we got her from so when we came, she was very friendly. Flora is a Mini Nubian and Alpine mix. So we did get one that is half Mini Nubian. She has a good blend of both breeds and both breeds come from great milking lines. Until our next baby goat came 2 weeks later, Flora and Guinevere had the chance to bond and become playmates.
So then we got Fauna. We also got her when she was 1 week old. She is full bred Nigerian Dwarf and look at her eyes! Their blue! She too, is very friendly. She is so adorable. She settled right in with Flora, Guinevere, and all of the chickens.
We are bottle feeding these babies with raw goats milk. Although I think goats should when possible, be dam raised with lots of interaction and handling from humans so that they can be friendly as bottle fed babies are, I am so grateful that we have this experience to be able to bottle feed them and that they have done so well. Feeding time is a precious bonding time. I think I may have a goat addiction now as I do for chickens. They are so sweet and I just love going out to spend time with them. Getting these two was a chance to see if what we dreamed of having goats was what we thought. Well, it has far exceeded our expectations. I am definitely hooked!
I am really looking forward to all of our adventures with these two. We plan to have them not only for pets, but also to provide fresh, raw milk. I can’t wait to make goat’s cheese, butter, and skin care products!