Since so many of you are watching the lambcam I thought you might like to know a bit more about the mamas-to-be.
This is Hannah. Hannah and her twin Martin were my first two goats and my first bottle babies. We bred Hannah for the first time last year and she gave us a beautiful buckling named Mint. I was a bit worried that she wouldn’t make a very good mama; her mama rejected her after all, and she’s a bit spoiled, but my fears were unfounded. She took great care of Mint and he is one of our biggest and healthiest yearlings. I’m hoping for a doeling out of Hannah this year. I happen to think Hannah looks like Julia Roberts but I understand I am in the minority on this.
This is Astrid. She is easily distinguished by her reverse parentheses horns. We bought Astrid with five other nanny goats. She was the smallest and the youngest and the others picked on her mercilessly. All that changed when she had her first kid, Kit Kat. Astrid turned feirce when it came to protecting her baby and the other nannies started to respect her. We’ve bred Astrid twice and gotten big, healthy singles out of her both times. (Kit Kat is a 2-year-old buck and Tansy is a yearling doe.) Astrid is the best mama we have.
Jane is the only one of our animals that I don’t really like. She is kind of mean and a little scary. She growls at me when I’m in the pen and has nipped at me once or twice. Besides the black racing stripes on her horns, you can usually pick out Jane because she is built like a Corgie. She’s a normal sized goat with impossibly short legs. Two years ago Jane gave us buckling twins, one of whom, Peppermint Patty, we still have on the farm. PP is a fine buck and will probably be used for breeding next year. Last year Jane didn’t get bred but she is definitely pregnant this year and I expect twins out of her.
Of the non-bottle babies, Nanny McPhee is my favorite. She is a sweet, sweet nanny goat. She’s very small and fine boned. Last year, poor Nanny McPhee’s baby, Parsley, died after one day. It was McPhee’s first baby and she spent days searching around the barn for him after he died. I really want a healthy kid for McPhee this year.
If there was a “Best Horns” contest on our farm, Agnes would win it hands down! Here’s the side view.
Her horns curl around into a That Girl hairdo. Agnes is a nice goat- not overly friendly but never mean to me or the other nannies. Last year was our first with Agnes and she gave birth to twins, a buckling and a doeling. Agnes and Linda spend a lot of time together.
Olivia is easily recognized by her distinctive handle bar horns and the fact that she is usually seen bullying the other goats. She is also bossy with me. Here’s my favorite picture of Olivia from last Christmas.
The first year we bred Olivia she had a single doeling that she refused to take care of. It was her first baby, so we figured we give her another chance. Last year she gave birth to twins- a doeling and a buckling- and she refused to take care of the buckling. I hand raised Bay Leaf and I absolutely adore that kid, but this year, Olivia is raising all her own babies if it kills me.
I’ll post more of the ladies tomorrow. In the meantime, I though you might want to see what the nursery looks like from the other side. The lambcam is mounted on the wooden run in she in the corner. There are also three smaller yurts just for the kids located in the only corner you can’t see in this photo. Two or three of the yearling kids fit in them at a time but right now Sweet William has them all to himself.