A couple days ago, my Dad and I went to a farm nearby, in search of the perfect goat. At the farm, there were over thirty goats, all in a big herd running around their pasture. I was looking for a pregnant goat, so we asked the farmer which nannies were pregnant, there were 3-5 that were pregnant at that time, so that helped me decide faster, which one I was going to buy, as I was pretty sure I wanted a pregnant goat!
Almost immediately I noticed a small nanny goat with a unique and memorable pattern on her sides, she was mostly black and white, but had some pretty brown in parts of the black. She was pregnant, so that put her considerably higher on the list of possibilities. After much consideration… just kidding 🙂 I decided I would buy the little black and white goat. I would’ve considered buying another goat had they been a little less money, but the way it was; I just decided to buy her.
When we told the farmer that I was only going to buy that goat, he told us that when goats are alone, they can stop eating and can lose their babies if they’re pregnant. He suggested that he could loan us another goat, to be a friend of the black one, and when she has her baby, we could give the loaned one back. We thought that sounded like a good idea, so I bought the black and white goat, and the farmer loaned us a white goat.
The white goat was still wet, which means she is still producing milk, so I basically bought a pregnant goat, (If you milk pregnant goats, the milk will be sour, but the black and white goat that I bought was having her first kid, so she didn’t have any milk, sour or normal.) and got another for free, that I can milk, and keep the milk! 🙂
We brought them home and set them up with water and a scoop of feed, which they devoured! Unfortunately, the white goat is a little mean to the black and white goat; butting her out of the way when food comes!
On one side of the black and white one, there is the shape of a head and shoulders, so I decided to name her Silhouette, here’s a picture to see what I mean:
The other goat had no particularly unique features, so I couldn’t use that as a way to name her, asked my dad if he wanted to name her. He named her Barnabas… okay it’s a bit of a weird name for a female goat, but it means “son of encouragement”.
Now, it may seem weird to have a female goat named a man’s name, but we have a bit of a pattern of that; about 6-7 years ago, the first goats we ever bought, we named Heidi and Buddy, so, we like naming our goats weird names! Their nicknames are Barny and Silly. 🙂
Silhouette is pretty shy now, but she is warming up to me. Barny has been pretty good with me since I got her, but she is still a little mean to Silly.
So, now I have to get up at 6:30 AM every day to milk Barny, and then go out at 6:30 PM to milk her again! The milk tastes pretty good, and I’m hoping to make some Goat-Milk Soap and sell it, to gain back some of the money it took to buy Silhouette!
Here are some pictures of my goats: