Perdy – looking large!
Most people would think it is not normal to keep goats in the backyard. That’s OK, I never said I was normal. It’s pretty funny to me that so many people have very strong opinions about goats. They just know goats are trouble. All they do is get out and climb on your car and eat everything they can get ahold of. Maybe there are goats that do that, but I have not found that to be true at all. Anybody that has a bad opinion about goats (I have heard all about the mean goat that butted someone when he was a child) has never met goats like I have – Mini Lamanchas. I chose this breed because they are not too big, give great milk, are very calm, and most importantly – they are very quiet! My goats hardly make any noise at all unless I’m late feeding them, and even then it is not bad. And in case you are wondering – their ears are naturally that way. It’s the breed.
My girls have never even tried to escape. They just aren’t built for climbing or jumping once they are adults and they like their yard. Goats love routine and familiarity and I find that they get very upset when anything changes. When I take them out for walks to the field they do not like to be far away from me and panic if they can’t see me. They don’t even like to go out to the other fenced area we made for them unless I am there. We built their barn close to the house so that I can keep an eye on them all day long and I really enjoy being able to watch them as I do kitchen work. They also like to watch me and have found the best spots in the goat pen to stare at me and communicate when dinner time is near.
I only have the two does right now. They are both bred for spring kids. Perdy is due around St. Patrick’s Day and Cinder should go about 6 weeks after that. Perdy always gets huge and she is already looking like a tank halfway through her pregnancy. Cinder is a petite little doe and new to me this year but she already has a cute little belly starting. I love kidding season so I will be updating frequently.
Today’s Essential Oil tip – try lavender to help you sleep. It is proven to help relaxation.