September 2, 2013

In the Beginning: the Goats

Two years before we moved to Oak Hill, we brought home two weanling Nubian does. I'd been talking about getting "a goat" for a long time. Now that we had our own home on one acre in the Michigan countryside I'd started a flock of chickens, and when I saw this ad on the bulletin board at our local feed mill, my goat adventure began.
Nubians were the obvious choice for me, I just fell in love with those long pendulous ears. The seller told me that goats do better when they're not alone (and she's right), so I bought TWO.

Bringing them home was an adventure/fiasco in itself, but that's another story for another day. We'll just say that at the end of it all, we had Hope, a flashy black and white spotted weanling doe, and her half-sister Dream, a brown doe with two small white spots on her back.

They weren't very friendly, but a week of graham cracker treats and lots of time spent with them in the little goat pen worked wonders. Hope's personality was as flashy as her spots, while Dream was quieter and hung in the background.

About a year later we bought Chloe, a registered Alpine doe in milk, and eventually we moved to Oak Hill. We borrowed and then bought a grade Nubian buck from our new neighbor, and thus began our goat herd.


One of my favorite memories is of a sunny Oklahoma spring afternoon, when our daughter and I sat with our backs against the round bale of hay, watching "the girls" grazing and their kids frolicking in the new goat pen. We loved just sitting and spending time in their company.

Our granddaughter meets the goats for the first time.


The Beginning of Our Story

In the Beginning: the Cats


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9 comments:

  1. Our first goat was a Nubian :)
    My husband convinced me getting goats was a good idea!

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  2. Hi Sandra! Do you have other goat breeds now? I still like Nubians best, but have a friend who refuses to have one because they are "too noisy".

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  3. We have Oberhasli and Toggenburg.
    My oldest daughter loved the Nubians and is always trying to talk us into getting one!
    Our Nubians were a little obnoxious but my daughter raised one that was the sweetest, nicest goat we ever had!

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  4. My friend that says Nubians are too loud raises Oberhaslis. I only have experience with the Nubies and Alpines. I sold the Alpine. :-)

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  5. I buy goat's milk products (like soap) from a farm in NH called Jenness Farm. They have the very best of all the goats milk products I've ever used. I think they have these types of goats.

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  6. I think the farm where I buy my goats milk products from raises nubians.

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  7. The nice thing about Nubian milk is the high butterfat content. It makes very rich and luxurious soap and other body care products. :-) I also love the variety of colors they come in.

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  8. Hi Kathi! I have been scrolling through your blog and saw that you featured my DIY Lotion bar here. I haven't said thank you! Thanks for doing that. I love your blog and I am enjoying reading through it.

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  9. Thank you for stopping by, Connie.

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