June 27, 2011


After deciding that Treasure was just fat and not pregnant after all, she surprised me with a buckling born last Monday, 2.5 weeks late. He was very weak. I gave him a shot of BO-SE and tube-fed him twice that night. (I have to tell you how thankful I am that I learned how to tube-feed last year.) He fought the tube the second time and wanted to swallow instead, so the next morning I gave him a bottle; he got the hang of that quite quickly.

I encouraged him to nurse, holding him up to Treasure's udder, but I also continued to bottle feed him to make sure he had enough colostrum. This has worked well for me in the past. Treasure is a wonderful mom and fusses over him constantly. I hope she'll have him nursing exclusively soon.

By the second day he'd gotten much better at standing up and laying down, and was even trying to hop as kids do. Our granddaughter named him Blaze.

Don't you love his bald face? His ears are solid black. I like goats without frosted ears; they are less common but I like the look better.

Treasure was a surprise baby herself; I didn't realize that her mother Hope was pregnant, although I was teasing her that last week that she was really putting on the pounds. I opened the shed door the morning after my birthday four years ago and there was an adorable spotted doe kid.

Treasure as a yearling

Her name is from Matthew 6:19-20: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."


  1. Ooh, what a nice surprise! Though we can't have goats on our property (residential zoned) my neighbors are considering getting a couple. I'm excited to help out!

  2. Beautiful, absolutely gorgeous kid. :) I am so happy for you, and Treasure too.
    Blaze... that is the name of one of my favorite cows. I love that.
    Thank you for sharing such a delightful glimpse into your life.
    I love to see pictures of your goats.
    Blessings to you all. and I'm praying for Blaze to grow strong and healthy as all little boys should.

    Blessings! Carra


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