As some of y'all might remember, I posted about a year ago about the goat I owned. Well, unfortunately, Anni and her kids were sold back in Fall. Anni was such a big goat (a Nubian/Toggenburg) we couldn't keep her fenced. It was awful. And because she was machine-milked, she did not like to cooperate when being hand milked. But she was the sweetest goat we ever owned. I regret I didn't know some things then that I know now. Since then I have been reading and studying much harder than before, and armed with a heavy dose of experience, I asked Mom and Dad if I could try again. They had invested so much in Anni. But after some thought, they said yes. So, already having looked for a suitable milk goat and finding one that fit the bill, I set off to prepare for her. Much of my time the last week or so has been devoted to building a pen and stanchion.
Last night we went to pick up the doe. She is a little shy, but I think she'll warm up soon. She has a little 2 week old buckling with her. Being what looks to be a Saanen/Mini Nubian (?) she is a creamy white color with slightly long ears and is rather "tiny". The kids sire was a Nigerian Dwarf so he is really little also. I will probably have to disbud him soon. :(
Since the previous owners just called her "nanny" I've decided to name her something different. "Millie" was agreed upon and "Billy" or "Andy" for the kid.
So far I have all the lumber I need for the stanchion, and after some hard work and a nasty wasp sting, I finally got the pen built. Emmy (my little sister) helped so much, that I'm sure I never would have been able to do all that without her. Hopefully since today is Saturday, Dad and I will have the stanchion built. The saw is a intimidating thing to a neophyte. :)
I probably won't need the stanchion till Monday as that is when I will be able to milk Millie. The de-wormer that was used on her will be out of the milk by then. She seems to have a very small udder, this being her first kidding. She wasn't at all milked when she had her kid 2 weeks ago either, so I hope that Millie will have enough milk for the kid and a little for us soon. We will try to get her bred back again in the Fall, so she will hopefully give more then.
A few weeks ago Mom found an ad for some free chicks in our area, so we quickly went and got some. 13 free chicks are wonderful blessing. Only 2 are standards, the rest are Bantys (mini chickens). Today Gabe and I made a little pen for them to run around outside in.
Hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend!