January 13, 2014

An Afternoon in the Goat Pen

Yesterday the temperature soared to 77°. Oklahoma's weather still amazes me. A stiff wind was blowing all day, sending leaves skipping across the barnyard to be chased by the cat.

Denver

The goat kids love warm days when I move them to the big pen. At first they move like a school of fish, milling around and around while the does eat hay and snack on leaves. Eventually the kids settle down to having fun: jumping, twisting, skipping and bouncing.


And finally they slow down enough that I can get a few sharp photos instead of just streaks and blurry shapes.


The pen has several railroad ties that the kids enjoying jumping on and off and over.


Felicity with her twins, Deliverance (left) and Delightful (middle)


Deliverance is going to make a gorgeous herd sire for someone. Just look at the neck and chest on him already, at just over three weeks old.


Dragonfly



Daisy



You can see one of the rings on Devlin's head from being disbudded. The two smallest does, Daisy and Dragonfly, will go this week to have theirs done. In a few weeks, the scab will fall off and the hair will grow back.

I noticed today that three of them have lost their umbilical cords. The kids are eagerly joining their moms at the feed bowls now, and are nibbling hay and drinking water. They look so comical with a long piece of hay sticking out of their mouths.

It's supposed to be sunny and mild the rest of the week. Wasn't it just a week ago that it was 7° in the morning? I am welcoming the warm weather; I have plenty of outside work to keep me busy as long as it stays warm, and the kids will love having all that room to play.


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30 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:32 AM

    Please excuse my ignorance, but what kind of goats are these? They are very sharp looking.

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  2. Thank you. They are Nubians, a full-size dairy breed.

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  3. They are getting so big, so fast! I'm honored that you liked my name suggestions - thank you! And Daisy is am apt name for that little girl! Her ears & the spot on her head, combined with her incredibly sweet face.
    God's blessings to you,
    Carla

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  4. It's just amazing at how fast they grow, Carla! Daisy is the perfect name for this very feminine-looking little girl.

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  5. They are adorable, love them all! I'm jealous of you weather though, we are always in the deep freeze during the winter months.

    Happy 2014 to you!

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  6. How precious are they???!!! Thanks for joining the Maple Hill Hop today!

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  7. This is the age when goat kids are the cutest! Thank you for stopping by, Sheryl and Daisy.

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  8. Oh my goodness, they are sooooo cute! I have always been enamored with goats. I'm excited because we are visiting a goat farm this weekend to learn more about them and hopefully we can add some to our homestead this year!

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  9. Tammy, have a great time at the goat farm! From my experience, one either loves goats or hates goats. ;-) The husband of a long-time friend of mine is the latter; he says that "goats have too much personality". What breed are you going to visit?

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  10. Over from Maple Hill hop - what cute faces!!!

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  11. Oh, my goodness! I found your link on the Tuesday With a Twist linky party and HAD to check it out. I'm goofy enough to choose goats as my favorite animal and just love your pictures- they are adorable. I'm going to share your link on my blog's FB page. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Thank you for the share, Lisa! I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  13. I forgot to ask, before - which one is that, at the top? The one who looks to be trying out for a part in 'The Flying Nun'? Lol! Those are some incredibly long ears!
    Carla

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    1. The Flying Nun - that's the perfect caption for this photo! It's Denver, Daisy's twin brother. Their mother is Phoenix.

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  14. Your goats and their kids are all beautiful and you are right, Deliverance is definitely all "boy!" :)

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  15. He sure is, isn't he?! Thank you for stopping by, Candy.

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  16. Hi there! My name's Caitlin; I'm a new reader. This post was just delightful! My boyfriend and I are saving money this year to purchase a home and land at the end of 2014. We will be starting our farm in 2015 and we're both eager to bring goats into the family! After seeing these pictures, I'm even more excited. They look like such fun :)

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  17. Thank you, Caitlin. Goats are such fun and the kids are so cute! Wishing you all the best as you save up for your dream and look for the perfect place!

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  18. Hi, I am new to your site and found you through the freedom blog hop. We have just purchased land to start a farm and we are looking forward to owning a few goats. Love your pics…new follower here!

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  19. Hi Joni, congratulations on your new land! I hope we'll be able to read about your adventures in the future.

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  20. Those photos made my night - they are so sweet, loveable and obviously playful!

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  21. Thank you, Gretchen. I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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  22. Funny how cute farm babies can always put a smile on your face :)

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  23. Your goats are so cute, especially Daisy! We do not have any goats on our homestead but I'm thinking about it!

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  24. That's so true, Sandra. Any time I need a smile, I just watch the babies.

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  25. Thank you, Nancy. Daisy seems to be a big favorite with everyone here too. What kind of goats are you thinking of getting?

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  26. Kathi your photography is *beautiful*! So enjoyed this post.

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  27. Thank you, Jenny. I had beautiful subjects. :-)

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  28. Yes, Deliverance will certainly make an excellent buck! I was observing his confirmation and even as a little buckling he is perfect!!! Congrats they are so darling!!!

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  29. Thank you, Diane. I think he was the best of the kid crop this year. He's already gone to a new home where he will have a job as herd sire. I'm really pleased.

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