Our latest adventure on the homestead recently was bringing four Nubian/Pygmy Kids to our homestead. It has been such an awesome experience. We decided on two males and two females.
A few months ago, we toyed with the idea of having a goat. We wanted to get a bit more self-reliant. Goats, as you know, can be milked. So how cool to milk a goat and have milk to drink and to make cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and soaps. So we did a bit of research. Of course, there was a lot of stuff we didn’t know. For instance, we wouldn’t be able to just have one goat. Apparently, they need at least one buddy. Ok, so we will get two. A male and a female. No, won’t work. You can’t keep a male and female together. That is when we realized we had to have four goats! One to milk, one as a buddy, One Male, and a male buddy. Wow! That is a lot of goats for this suburbanite! Not only that, but who knew that the female goats couldn’t constantly stay milked after being pregnant. They later have to get pregnant again. Crazy as it sounded we decided it was still something we should do. So the hubby made a few wooden weather tents for shelter and we purchased another electric fence. We also made sure we were buying a good breed and goats that came from a good line of goats. I really didn’t know what to expect when my husband and son brought them home. To be honest, I was nervous! Its been over a month now that we have had the pleasure of raising these goats! Our little Kid goats came right after they were weaned off the bottle. They have adapted quite nicely to grazing on fresh grass, hay and Mulberry leave to name a few. My children decided to go with the Chronicles of Narnia theme when it came time to give the names. So we have Susan, Lucy, Edmond, and Peter. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing these goats are! Each goat has its individual personalities. And it has been so fun to see their personalities unravel. I have thought of many ways I could keep them in the house with me! unfortunately, I couldn’t think of any that would work. Who knew that I would enjoy them so much! They are so friendly! I just love to go visit them! They wag their little tales and come greet you. Our Edmond even stares at me with puppy dog eyes! Yes, puppy dog eyes! Who knew I’d have a love for goats!
I pray my family can keep them safe, happy and healthy for a very long life!