"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Day of the Goats

After MUCH ado, the goats have arrived! 5 week old Gideon is a soon-to-be neutered male (a wether) and is a quadruplet. He and his sisters were lucky enough to be born polled (no horn buds) so escaped the awful disbudding procedure all babies usually endure. He is currently taking a bottle three times a day in addition to eating some grain and hay. He's super friendly and will jump in your lap (or your unsuspecting back) to cuddle. The kids are over the moon for him!Geisha is called a junior doe meaning she is old enough to be bred for the first time. We think she is pregnant and if so, she'll be due in the fall. She's very skittish at this point and won't let you get your hands on her except Grandma did get her to eat some grain out of her hand. With some time and patience, we hope she'll warm up to us. She's very curious though and keeps an eye on what we're up to.

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