Our Nigerian Dwarf Goats:
We started with three does. The white one with the black spots we named Miss Bubbles. The smaller brown & black was named Miss Molasses. The larger lighter brown doe is Miss Daisy.
The buck in the back is half white, half black. We named him Buddy Bill.
These four sired a herd of 33 over about 3.5yrs. Whew!
Today we took 9 males to auction. We just had too much alpha male goat energy going on & were not succeeding in keeping the males from the females. But now the nine babies born in the last few weeks will grow up in a calmer atmosphere.
Goatsie is on the top row to the left. He was our bottle fed baby. He was Miss Daisy's & she had a rough triplet delivery & rejected him. So he sat in my lap & took a bottle. We still have him. He is the sweetest & most gentle of the billies.
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The little doe middle row, left was Miss Bubbles daughter. She had to have a c-section as the baby was too big for her to deliver. Sadly the baby died.
This is how I feel raising goats
Chickens are definitely gateway critters to having MORE animals! No question about it!
Our first animals we ever raised here were chickens. We have had lots of fun with them, but this year we've been forced to keep them confined to their house & fenced in yard because of a Fox that set up residence on the land. The Fox killed so many we almost lost them all. A friend sold us some more chickens, and I have not gotten pictures of them yet. But these are pics of some of the older ones we started out with. I have a goal to do lot's more photography this year.
Love of chickens can start early...it did for me. This is a great found image
Raising Honey Bees
Our son Ben came to visit a few years back, from Oregon. He was interested in the bee keeping, so he and Denny did some hive maintenance while I took pictures. There is so much to know, when handling bees. We highly recommend taking a course with your local Ag. Extension, it's an amazing study.