Guess who came early? I don’t usually pull all the way to the back of our driveway but I had a bucket of grounds from the coffee shop to add to the compost pile before the cab of my truck took on the distinctive moldy coffee smell. It wasn’t long after I noticed that the goats were in their igloo, odd for that time of day, that a tiny third head popped into view, then out again.
I yelled for Shyanne excitedly and we ran over to see the new baby who had just been born. Placenta and mucous still present. Shyanne swayed between cooing and ewwing while adoring the new addition who was not much bigger than a Chihuahua pup. Nigerian Dwarf kids are incredibly tiny and impossibly cute!
Mama did good and is taking care of the infant. We now wait for Loretta. We are tired as one of us goes out every few hours through the night to make sure the new kid is okay. She tends to wander from the igloo and get lost and is so small I fear a predator will swoop her up. Just worrisome Mommy instincts, for there have been no issues. Today she turns two days old.
This is one of the greatest joys of farming.
Well, we found them. The cutest goats in the world. It’s been a long journey. We pulled into the driveway and could hear them. The incessant bleating of babies wanting to be picked up and given a bottle! What we encountered was a large pen of Pomeranian-sized infants with little round feet, big eyes, and heartwarming antics. Running on top of each other to get our attention, they would stop to wrestle, then settle down to the business of winning us over. They were so tiny, how could we not fall for them?
You remember my story about the bruiser Nubians? And then I was pondering Angoras and Alpines? But then we met Nigerian Dwarves. And our future is set. We are getting goats next spring if all goes well. Right now I bought a double share of milk from the family we visited so that we will have plenty of cheese and butter throughout the winter if I freeze the milk. What a treat! And we now have a source to adopt adorable goats from come next year.
Nigerian Dwarves are good, little milkers; enough for a family. They are compact creatures with puppy-like behavior that want to live in the house and follow you everywhere. Our kind of animal. Their babies melt hearts instantly. Our future is sealed.