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I got the two little boys so I would have matching working goats. Well, one of the little boys was never quite "right" and he died. It was pitiful knowing there was nothing I could do for him. Just about the time I was going to put him down, he died.
I got them on March 20th. They were born around a week before that. So as of this writing they are still on the bottle... twice a day. We are working to wean them off the bottle. While Dana and Mike had milk cows producing it wasn't a problem, but they had to dry up the cows and that left me in the lurch. I bought four gallons of goat milk from the same lady I got the goats from and decided it was time to wean them. Because they're bottle fed, they treat me and Marc like their parents. If anything startles them they run straight for us for protection. It's completely adorable.
They wear collars with little bells and when they're out "playing" they prance and jump and the bell jingles.
In this pic of Snowflake below, you can see where she was "disbudded" - a nice word for having her horns seared to the point they won't grow. I had the breeder take care of this unpleasant matter before getting any of them. I certainly didn't want a horned goat and yet I knew I could never dehorn one. As of today, the horn area is completely healed and the hair has grown over so you wouldn't know it was ever there.
They have really grown. The pic below is Boy, quite soon after I got him. He's just chillaxin.
And here he is trying to get in Marc's lap in that same chair. He's just a BIT bigger now as you can see. He will get quite large - as tall as my waist. He'll be strong enough to pull a cart with a heavy load in it.
He kept leaning against Marc - it was so cute. He definitely has a sweet personality. He has been "wethered" (neutered) so he is going to stay mild mannered.
Back to the goat cart obsession. I remember my Dad had a do-it-yourself book called Children's Play Structures or some such. He once set out to make a playhouse/fort, but it never got off the ground so to speak. Anyway, in this book there were plans to make a Goat Cart and it showed a goat pulling kids (human ones) in a cart. I was fascinated and still am. I have visions of Boy pulling my grandkids in a cart in a parade. He is becoming leash trained, so we're on the way.