Our first dairy goat, Addison, arrives this coming Saturday, 13March2010. I feel like I am a first time mother all over again. I find myself checking through the list of supplies and materials over and over, looking for something that I may have forgotten. I keep wondering what type of grain and minerals I should feed my new girl, so I keep feeling like a pest as I email the breeder for information. Our local farm store doesn’t carry much in the way of goat products, and the feed store isn’t much better. The guy at the feed store said he might be able to order some for us. It’s like searching through the isle of baby food wondering which one to pick. The man said some farmers use calf feed and minerals others use horse feed and on and on…. Anxiety is building along with the anticipation- can’t wait to bring the bundles of joys home but worried if we are equipped with enough gear and knowledge.
Did I say bundles, well I guess I need to introduce Chip, Addison’s new wether companion. Chip is the chocolate cutie on the right.
As I watched the Commander lug a bale of alfalfa and a bale of straw out to the Blue barn, slipping and sliding in wet 2+ feet of snow I had to suppress a chuckle. We have no fences and will have to keep the babies out in the garden until the ground thaws. The Commander has to shovel the snow out of the garden this weekend and then he set up an igloo dog house for the goats to hide in. They will reside in the now repaired blue barn at night – that is until the snow clears and then a new building will be set up for them to live in. Here’s hoping the bears stay clear.