|Clementine the goat. She is small but feisty.|
|Peering out at me from their dog house shelter.|
|Exploring the yard together|
|This one is really sweet and quieter than the other one.|
While I was at Tractor Supply looking at the selection of goat nipples and milk replacer a nice man shopping there said to me, "You must have baby goats at home." I turned to him with a desperate look in my eye and proceeded to extract a good five minutes' worth of goat information out of him. He had raised baby goats last year but his real experience was with lambs. Thank you, Mr. Goat and Lamb Man. I hope I didn't scare you. He, like everybody else, recommended I try Pritchard nipples for feeding my goaties. I bought some. They look like this:
The Pritchard nipples are sized to screw onto an empty soda bottle. Very handy, you say. Well, we don't drink soda and apparently neither do any of my neighbors. So when evening fell I was scrambling to find a soda bottle for the 9pm goat feeding. My neighbor J said she would have her husband pick one up on his way home from work. Wonderful! At about 9:00 I was sitting in the living room talking to Mr. Chanclas when J's face popped up outside the window. (We have enormous windows and no curtains.) She had ridden her bike down the road in the dark with a soda bottle full of what appeared to be lemonade and vodka. I love my neighbors.
The goats liked the Pritchard nipple much better than the baby bottle I had tried before. Apparently goats like long, skinny nipples. Don't even get me started on that. They still aren't drinking much milk from the bottle but they are taking a little bit and they are eating hay, grain pellets, and the grass. Their poop looks normal and they are peeing so I think they are okay. Baby goats really shouldn't be weaned until at least eight weeks of age but you can make it work at six if you have to. In retrospect, I should have left them with their mamas for two more weeks. The older they are the harder it is to teach them to use a bottle.
|Goat poop, also known as "nannyberries", is quite innocuous|