Did I tell you I’ve been begging my hubby for a baby goat? He came through with this little beauty, she is my early Christmas gift. I’m so in love!
She has beautiful blue eyes & weighs about 8 pounds. Meet Gertrude, or Gerti for short. She’s a pygmy-nigerian dwarf mix. Right now she’s staying inside until we have her play-yard ready. She will likely only reach 15 inches tall. Her parents are 15 & 16 inches respectively. And if you don’t breed them, they stay smaller. Also, according to several old goat farmers the blue-eyed goats make the best pets.
She’s a wonderful new addition to our family and the farm!
Things I’ve learned from Gerti in only a few days:
- Goats go “MAAAAAH”! Very loudly. Even little goats.
- Goats are messy eaters.
- Goats cannot control when they poo. They need diapers.
- Goats like to snuggle.
- Goats make good friends.
- Goats make people happy. Especially this Mama.
- Goats can have lice. Goat lice is not the same thing as people lice and nothing to run away from. Lavender helps get rid of them.
- Goats don’t smell nice. Unless you put lavender on them.
- Red bows look so nice on goats.
- Goats eat leaves, grass, hay, plastic, clothes … but corn & clover are not good for them.
- Goats don’t like to be alone.
- Those little hangy things on their necks are called wattles.
- Wattles serve no purpose.
- Of course, goats like to climb. On furniture and/or dads.
- Some goats have rectangular irises, and they have panoramic vision.
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