We need a break from the People Freaks of Walmart.
Meet Pipsqueak, the 8-days-old pygmy goat!
Hardnox, goats can be very helpful to humans. They are used in California to clear dry vegetation in the hills as a fire prevention measure.
Where do the goats that invade your ranch come from? Wild?
I had an electric fence around the top of the fence for my pen for the pigmy goats. Worked real well, not to mention running all over your cars… The geese ate the siding off of the side of my house. Life in the country, can’t wait to get back to it…
How cute, but my Beckett is cuter, He was born Oct 1st. My youngest daughter raises Nigerian dwarf goats and her mama, Hera, finally had twins. She had only had single births until now. She rejected the smallest one and would not feed him, on the 3rd day, my daughter called me from work and asked me to go to the feed store and get some goat formula, go to her house and get the baby and feed him, she would pick him up after work. Well, she took him home and tried to get his mom to feed him and she kicked him really hard, so my daughter took him away from her. All he would do was cry, so she asked me to take care of him since he was so small (less than 2 lbs) and didn’t cry when I was around.
Long story short, Beckett thinks I’m his mom and that he is a dog. I love the little boy, he is such a sweet animal.He has little black fur boots and a white yamaka on his head, between his developing horns. Yesterday, for the first time, I got to go to the bathroom alone, he has not let me out of his sight since I got him.
My husband says, I really need to teach him not to sleep in our bed… 😉
After raising three varieties of milk goats for more than ten years, I agree that Pipsqueak is a dear little thing. And ‘Good luck!’ to those puppies when they try to keep up w/her when she starts being playful! As for ‘goats will eat anything,’ that is simply a myth, 100%. They may APPEAR to be eating weird stuff, but when faced w/a SHORTAGE of appropriate foodstuffs, they will –just as we would when starving– experiment w/anything to see if it’s edible, NOT that they like it. They are NOT so stupid, in fact, along w/pigs, they are amongst the brightest of domesticated animals.
I find it extraordinary that Hardnox lives in a ‘free range’ area, for very few such remain in this era. Otherwise how did these wandering goats arrive at his place? Free range is NOT fun if one hasn’t got their place defended from roving animals. I once lived near –but not too near!– a fellow who had 200 cattle on free range, and BOY were my neighbours unhappy at times! But Ed [the rancher] also looked after his critters, and whenever he got a phone cal to “Come and get ’em!” he rolled a prepared truck and arrived PROMPTLY: domesticated animals are too expensive to neglect.
Hardnox, get on the horn and blast your inconsiderate rancher! S/he will be there in a heartbeat, as the laws do NOT allow those animals to do damage off ‘free range’ designated lands.
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