Captain Packrat (captpackrat) wrote,
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Goats +2

During my recent trip, I picked up a couple goats, a 2 or 3 year old female and a less than a year old male.  Sticking with the goats-are-named-after-Gilbert-and-Sullivan-characters theme, their names will be Fredric and Mabel (from the Pirates of Penzance). We now have 3 females and a male.  He's probably too young to produce any kids this year (though I have caught him flehmening after sniffing the female), but next year we'll be ankle deep in pygmy goats.

As soon as I let the new goats out of the truck, our other two goats came over to investigate.  Almost immediately the new, larger female started trying to dominate the two sisters.  And then along came our elderly ewe, who quickly set the goats straight about who's really in charge here.

It will probably take a while before the newcomers fully integrate themselves into the flock.  They spent last night sleeping on the deck, rather than in the barn with the others.  The temperatures overnight were quite mild, though it rained during the night, but there's a table on the deck which they could shelter under.

Photos eventually.
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