Friday, January 30, 2009
Answers To Your Questions
(Christmas Cocoa checking out the camera)
How many kids do we have now? We had a total of 14 goat babies this year. 3 are already at new homes being spoiled and the bucklings and a couple of doelings will be going to their new home when they are weaned.
Do they get stepped on or mixed up in with the other goats? The mom and her babies are kept by themselves for a few days. The mom goats and their babies are kept in a pen/pasture area by themselves. The other goats are in pens next to them and can see the babies but not get in with them. Each mom knows her own baby if one that isn't hers should try to nurse she just steps aside and nudges the baby away. Sonya's buckling looks almost identical to DiDi's so I sometimes have a hard time telling them apart. The moms can in an instant. All the moms are careful with all the babies. They don't step on them or try to hurt them. All the babies play together and even sleep together in a big pile. Tiny Tina, her mom Baby along with Mandy and Christmas Cocoa are in their own pen since they are so much smaller.
How are the kids doing? They are doing great! They are running, jumping, climbing, chasing each other. All are healthy, happy and spoiled!
Why did you name a chicken Cheese? I had a hen that hatched out a chick and a duckling. She raised the duckling like it was a chick. The duckling and chick thought they were sisters and went everywhere together. They were inseparable. They just seemed so normal together... kinda like cheese and crackers. So I named the duckling Quackers and the chick Cheese. Yeah, I am strange like that. LOL
Do you ever mix up which kid is which? Yes! Its easy to tell Diva's apart. Sunshine and Leo are huge now. Sammi only has 2 now since I sold one of her girls and its easy telling Frosty from Dawn. Sonya's girl Faith looks almost like one of Sammi's Dawn so I have to look close. And Sonya's Marvel looks exactly like DiDi's Salem so I really really have to look close. Bridie's Snowy Grace is easy to recognise as is Christmas Cocoa and Tiny Tina.
Do the moms discipline them? Yes, they actually do. If you remember the photos of Snowy Grace running from her mom. Bridie really did chase her down and nudge her into the stall to lay down. She didn't leave Snowy Grace alone until she was laying down. The moms will speak to the kids in a certain tone if they are doing something the mom doesn't like and the kid will stop and come stand by mom. The moms use their head to nudge the baby if its doing something its not suppose to and the kid will stop. The mom goats teach their kids really well.
Do you have a kid minding center to give the moms a break. With all the moms together in a area they get lots of breaks. All the kids will snuggle together for nap time and the moms will stand around the hay rack eating and talking.
Think that has all the questions answered. If I forgot any just ask me again. You know I am getting old and forgetful!