Monthly Archives: May 2015

Now for the big kids!

In all the excitement of new babies, we can’t forget the older goats!

Pac-Man is always amusing us with his rolling and scratching antics. Half the time he looks like a colicky horse the way he paws, rolls, twists, and stretches out on the ground. Today he was plowing his head into the grass.

“What? I’m gorgeous!”

Finn is also gorgeous, and he’s the first goat I’ve seen since Cuzco who is completely aware of his own looks.

Delilah lets me know what she really thinks about all this picture-taking!

And we wrap up with a picture of our two big boys grazing serenely together in a vivid green pasture. Incredibly, these two have been getting along lately. I don’t know if Cuzco is getting too tired to fight, or if he’s grooming Pac-Man to be the new herd king, or if Pac-Man has simply matured enough to be allowed into the upper echelon, but they have actually been sharing a shed recently and hanging out together more. It’s also possible that this is a strategic move on both Cuzco’s and Pac-Man’s part since it protects both of them from the more aggressive Finn. Finn is constantly harassing and challenging Pac-Man, but he’s not yet bold enough to go after Cuzco. On the other hand, I know (and Cuzco probably knows) that if Finn actually did challenge him seriously, the old fella would have a hard time winning at this point. Perhaps the big boys have formed their own alliance to keep Finn in his place a little longer.


The twin terrors

These two guys are becoming the clowns of the herd. They’re running around like racehorses and getting into all kinds of mischief these days.

It turns out they are very appropriately named. Unlike Snickers and Sputnik, who were always pretty good little buddies, Sledge and Hammer can get into some pretty serious fights! The hackles stand up, the necks stiffen, and the next thing you know they’re churning around the yard like a tornado and smacking each other hard enough to give me a headache!

Hammer also likes to pick fights with Delilah. Ever since he “pushed” her off the rock wall, he’s under the impression that he can beat her in a fight and he keeps trying to score another victory. From the look of her ear set, Delilah appears to be taking these challenges pretty seriously!

Phil still managed to get both the boys up on his lap, but he won’t be able to do this much longer! Even one of them is starting to be quite a lapful!

Sledge and Hammer are right in the middle of that adorable but annoying jumping and chewing phase. “Up! Up! Up!” they say. And then when you pick them up, they squirm around and try to eat everything in sight–your hair, your sleeves, your buttons, your arm hair. So you put them back down where they promptly step in mud (or worse things) and then jump their filthy little toes all over your clean pants. Still, there’s nothing more amusing than ticklish baby goat feet drumming on your backside while they tug on your shirt or braid and clamor for attention.

And the sun came out!

It’s been raining and raining all this past week, but the sun finally came out and I went wild with the baby goat pictures. They’re all too cute for words right now!

Oh, and I have not captured any photos of this, but Petunia has been the BEST babysitter ever! I frequently see her laying in a shed with all the babies while the other does are out to graze. She especially loves her nephews, Sledge and Hammer, and she’ll go out of her way to rustle them up for play time. The other day she was up on the water trailer with them, and she was letting them jump all over her while she gently butted heads with them. She likes to let them “win” the fights, then she turns the tables and will push them off the ledge (as long as it’s not too high), then let them run up and jump on her again. She’s definitely the “cool aunt” that every kid wants!

Today we had a great time watching Petunia, Delilah, and Hammer play on the goat castle. Hammer and Delilah have a funny relationship ever since three days ago when Delilah climbed up our rock retaining wall and met Hammer standing on the ledge up top. He head butted her and when she went to get him back, she lost her footing and slid down to the bottom. Hammer’s little baby hackles stood straight up and he strutted across that rock wall like he was all that and a bag o’ chips! Delilah jumped up the wall and pushed him back, but he hasn’t forgotten his victory and has been challenging her to duel ever since. Delilah is bottom of the pecking order, and I think she sees this as her one opportunity to beat someone up–even if he is just a baby. When she and hammer started going at it on the goat castle, Petunia jumped between them and laid into Delilah as if it were her own baby. Delilah knows it’s not Petunia’s baby and she fought right back in an effort to get at the little squirt. Nubbin was oblivious to the whole drama, and Hammer kept jumping back and forth between the two does, thrilled to be the cause of all their ruckus.

Who’s this little fur ball struttin’ the wattles?

Why, it’s Tigerlily! After a week of nonstop rain, she was thrilled to finally be able to go out and explore this big, new world!

“I’m off to look for adventure!”

“The big boys are so much fun! I want to play!”

Tigerlily has no fear of getting rough-and-tumble with Sledge and Hammer despite their larger size! She’s a bold little thing!

First kiss…

Jezebel says, “Enough of this! You stay away from those boys! They’re nothing but trouble!”

I’m afraid poor Tigerlily is leading a pretty sheltered life so far. You know what they say about mothers who start too late in life… they act more like grandparents than parents, and that fits Jezebel to a T. The poor baby is constantly getting herded along, micromanaged, and told “Don’t touch this!” “Don’t play with that!” “Stay away from them!” “Sit in that corner and don’t move!” She desperately wants to play with the other baby goats, but Jezebel invariably herds her away from them or bites their ears if they come in for a closer look. I actually had to hold Jezebel out of the way to get these brief shots of Tigerlily playing with the boys. In fact, in nearly every shot of Tigerlily, I had to crop Jezebel’s head out of the picture, since she was constantly coming in to sniff, lick, and check for problems before pushing Tigerlily out of the action. She doesn’t want anyone near her baby, including me and Phil. The poor kid is going to end up a social pariah if this keeps up! It’s a good thing the little baby has a mind and legs of her own, and she’s fast learning to use them. Tigerlily is going to learn real soon that if she runs quick enough, mama won’t be able to keep up. Smile

The little pig-goat and the cowch.

We’ve decided to namer her Tigerlily in honor of her grandmother. Lilly’s registered name was “Stargazer Lilly”. Also, this little one looks a bit like a white tiger from the back. 

You gotta love it when the goat compliments the decor. I feel like such a fashionista with my matching accessories!

Tigerlily has one straight Alpine ear and one that flops a little. It will probably straighten, but I hope it doesn’t. Heart OH! And she has WATTLES!!!

She also has black spots around the edges of her ears. I wonder if she’ll eventually grow black hair there? That would be so cool! Her eyes are blue right now, but I’m sure they’ll be brown in a week or two. This one eye looks like it has eyeliner on it!

Jezebel had a piglet!

At least, she kinda looked like a piglet with that pink nose and those pink ears!

She looked less like a piglet once we dried her off, and boy were we surprised by the color!

Shortly after noon, Jezebel began “marching around Jericho” as Phil likes to put it–circling the pen and baa-aa-ing. She did that for a few hours and finally got down to business around 5:00. She looked like she was having a bit of trouble pushing this kid out, so I grabbed the feet and helped pull. Phil held Jezebel still after she jumped up and tried to run around the shed in circles with the baby’s legs hanging out, and between the three of us we delivered a healthy 9 1/2 lb. doeling!

She’s very strong. We haven’t had one this lively since Petunia was born. She was up and nursing almost immediately. She’s got a healthy set of lungs too! This one won’t quit talking! Now I only hope Jezebel has enough milk to keep up with her. She’s got a really good appetite, but Jezebel has only a small udder and it’s already been sucked dry. I’m going to have to keep a close watch to make sure this little one is getting enough to eat.

House Goats

The babies love to “hide” under the table when we bring them into the house. I guess all kids love furniture forts, regardless of species. Big Grin

First the eyes began to droop and the head to nod…

… and then he conked out completely. Office work is so boring!

We plan to sell these little guys for packgoats when they’re weaned, so I thought I’d set them up in front of a non-distracting background and get some good “ad” photos. I stood Hammer up in front of this nice, white wall and asked him to strike a pose. Boy did he deliver!

We fell apart laughing and never even managed to try to get Sledge to set up nicely for us. Oh well. Maybe another day. Cool

Wheeeee! It’s a snow day!!!

Nubbin was as excited about the snow as Cuzco (that is, not much!), and she opted to stay indoors while Auntie Petunia took the kids out to play in their first snow.

Petunia adores these babies and I only hope she doesn’t start suckling them. So far she’s drawn the line on that one, but she snuggles up with them at night as if they were her own.

Daisy also loves babies… any baby and every baby is “hers” from the moment it’s born.

Even Papa Finn got in on the action when he helped his prodigy navigate the slick, snowy boulders.

Christmas in May…Again!

I think this may become an annual tradition.

The weatherman predicted 3-5 inches of snow last night. He was a little off.

It’s hard to say exactly how much we got because by the time I went out there and started taking pictures it had slumped down to about 4-8 inches (depending on where you were standing). Phil said he thought it was close to 18 inches and still coming down at about 3:00 this morning when he peeked out the window, and I believe it. There are rivers and lakes of water underneath the snow in these pictures, and the stuff stuck to my feet like cement.

Finn thought if he stood on this rock he might avoid getting his feet muddy.

Cuzco wisely watched me from under shelter until he actually saw me going to the house to dish up breakfast. Unlike the foolish young goats, he wasn’t about to trudge all over the yard with me through snow and slush and mud while I puttered about my morning chores!

Jezebel is officially due any day, but she doesn’t yet look ready and I’m relieved. I’d like things to dry up at least a little before she pops those babies out!

Sputnik looks on in awe as Finn challenges Pac-Man to a duel.

Finn is very proud of himself for standing on this stump. Just look at that smug grin!

“It’s cold out here! Please let me in the house!” Sputnik begs.

Dual Goatage

Last night Phil got to hold TWO baby goats during the movie! I was holding the popcorn bowl in my lap and didn’t want to risk dropping it, so Phil got double the fun!  Big Grin

The little guys are doing awesome, and Auntie Petunia is a great babysitter for them when Nubbin gets out for some “me time”.