They're here! It was a lot of trouble, but I finally have my goats. Two female Boer goats. One is 11/2 years old, and the other is 6 months old. (Ha! Same age as Nana.)
From the moment they arrived, I started worrying. In the back of my mind I kept hearing the lament another goat owner once expressed. From the moment they're born, a goat is looking for a place to die.
These two look sound though. I was very picky with my selection. I put them on virgin ground too, so hopefully they won't pick up any parasites. Goats need to be regularly wormed.
All the dogs have met them (one on one) and so far no one seems to mind the other too much. Iko is probably the only one who's a little annoyed with the interlopers. (Iko hates change.) Tank and Maggie couldn't care less. But Nana wants to herd them. She runs circles (outside their pen) trying to keep them in the center.
Even though these girls haven't been handled much, I managed to get them to follow me with a little pelleted food. You'd think I had offered them crack!
It was a long time in coming, but I hope they'll have long and happy lives here. The only predators I need to worry about are coyotes and parasites.
But, wait! They each need a name. Something short and easy for me to yell from across the pen.
Any ideas? Leave your suggestions in the comments below. Enter as many names as you like.
If we pick your name, I will send you the print edition of Mistress of the Stone, coming out July 2nd. This is open to anyone on the planet.
If two or more people pick the same name, we'll put the names in a hat and pick a winner that way.
We've raised chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, rheas and emu. And now goats. Wish us luck!