So we’re finally at the stage where we can begin in earnest. CC has been demolishing bramble thickets and trimming trees like a madman! With all the tree limbs, we decided to go ahead and purchase two young goats to help clean up. Please welcome the newest members of the H.S.H. (Home Sweet Home) homestead.
Chili and Ice Cream are both Nubian/Sanaan crosses. They have both been exposed to multiple bucks and we think both are going to give us goat babies in a few months (they have all the food they can eat and the only thing that gets bigger is their rather low hanging bellies). Downside is: we don’t know what kind of buck they have been exposed to, so these first babies probably won’t be sticking around. We went with Nubian’s because they have the highest milk fat content, while Sanaans are known for their production numbers. Ice Cream’s mother consistently gives 1.5 gallons! That’s a lot of milk, butter, yogurt, keifer, and of course… Ice Cream! LOL
We got them for a good price, but again there was a downside to the bargain. Neither one of them had been handled, so they were both fairly wild. We are slowly winning them over with treats and scratches. Chili in particular cries for treats every time she sees us.
It is amazing to me how quickly animals respond to positive reinforcement.