Some photos taken in the girl's back pasture from this morning! Vermont is always gorgeous in the fall, and October is certainly when everything is in full color! All the goats are enjoying the crisp weather and love searching for leaves to eat.
Due to no fault of his own Glory came back to us recently. We are happy to have him back here and the two boys, Rock and Storm, are as well! He has been glued to the fence all day every day staring at the girls - quite a few of them have been in heat this past week and he doesn't know what to do with himself! LOL. Isn't he so handsome?! His color has changed drastically in just several months - so interesting!
We made chèvre for the first time yesterday! Ever since the last of the goat kids left, Hannah has been milking Capella, Faith and Pie morning and night and has been getting a lot of milk from them - almost 1 gallon per day which is impressive considering Pie and Faith are FFs! These three girls have lovely udders with large orifices - a dream to milk. They are also perfect on the milking stand. Yesterday we made three chèvre flavors - Maple bacon cranberry, thai basil & garlic, and thyme & rosemary. The consistency needs some work but the flavor is amazing!
It's been a while since we posted on here, but things have been hectic on the farm! LOL. Over the past couple weeks, we have received a lot of interest in our goats, and our last available kids, Peepers, Cricket & Owl were just reserved and will be going to live with a wonderful family come September. We are so excited for them!! Such a sweet trio. At this time we do not have any goats available.
The photos below are of Gooseberry (left) and Owl (right). :)
America and Freedom are the cutest siblings! America is absolutely striking, and has the sweetest personality. She will literally launch into your lap and fall asleep. We just love this girl! Freedom is super sweet too, and is such a character. :)
Some new photos of Pepper's babies. Owl, who is in the first three photos, always looks grumpy with those markings! LOL. He's such a sweet boy, and just so photogenic! His sisters are such sweethearts as well. Owl may be available as a wether. Also TBD if he's polled or not (he has that polled egg head, but not 100% sure on him!). Gooseberry and Honey are both polled and are retained for now.
Update on babies. Sadly we had to put down little Grace this morning. Our vet suspected an underlying issue/brain injury en utero as she was born with a very weird red eye and progressively got worse, ending with nonstop seizures. I held her all night, and we pulled out all the stops both natural and conventional, but couldn't save her. Absolutely heartbreaking situation, and we really appreciate all the prayers. She was buried this morning next to Grasshopper. They are now in Heaven with their Maker.
Pepper's other three kids are doing well and are thriving. Attaching updated photos. Thanks so much for your patience in us getting back to questions, etc. Our kidding season has now ended and we are pretty exhausted. ;-)
Pepper had quints (yes, 5!) this morning. A very eventful birth and we have been out in the barn all day. We are pretty tired to say the least! LOL. Sadly, one was DOA and very underdeveloped. Another is currently in the house and we are trying to get her to take the bottle, but she is extremely weak and is not doing great. Prayers would be very appreciated. The other three babies (2 does & 1 buck) are doing great, and are nursing like champs. Pepper is an amazing mom, like always! All four babies look to be polled & blue eyed but not sure yet. Will get better pics soon. Pepper was our last doe to kid so we are done with 2021 kidding season!