Hello!

Hello!

We’re now goat owners! We picked up the three kids yesterday and have introduced them to their new home. The pick-up and transport all went very smoothly, managing to fit all three into one dog cage in the back of the car. They didn’t seem fazed by the car journey, and settled down quickly for the ride home – we didn’t hear a peep out of them the whole time.

Three kids in a dog cage

Three kids in a dog cage

When we got them home we decided to put them straight into their house, so they would get used to where their bed, food and water were. And having never seen the great outdoors before, letting them out into the run may have overwhelmed them a bit. They were clearly very nervous of their new surroundings, and us, so we left them to it, just checking up on them at dusk.

This morning we found them all huddled together in the straw, a bit less nervous than last night, but we need them to get used to us, and being handled. So we took each one in turn out of the house and held it to keep it calm. They were all a bit wriggly to hold, and were bleating for their siblings, but generally quite good. We left them to get familiar with their new surroundings, and meet their new neighbours (the ducks), and once we had left the run they seem to relax a bit. We’ve put out a couple of logs for them to climb, and my Dad had a spare bit of drainage tubing, just the right size for Pygmy goats to hide in.

Playing in the run

Playing in the run

Saying hello to the ducks

Saying hello to the ducks

They have yet (as far as we know) to try the electric fence, but I’m sure that will come, and we will hear the squeals. And none of them have tried to escape, yet!

Oh, and names – Buster (the all-brown male), Biffa (the white/brown male looking over the fence) and Flopsy (white/brown female at the back) – don’t ask!

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