Lal’s New Position Inside the Stall.
Baby Goat Lal is growing up so fast! At the ripe old age of 2 weeks old she is about 6 pounds. Kids grow really fast at about a rate of 10 pounds per month. Lal was about 2 pound when she was born and 4 pounds last weekend right on track. Not only is she growing up in mere size, but almost everyday seems to learn a new trick from Mama Goat Beverly. Currently climbing, nibbling, and bulling the chickens are her new tricks- if only we could get her to do them on cue we would have a circus ready goat!
It’s a cold world out there for a goat.
I could watch Lal perform all day, she is a source of endless amusement. While that is pretty darn great, it makes leaving her difficult- especially when I am at work all day and miss her development. She is mainly active in the morning and early afternoon so by the time I get home in the evenings she is one tired baby goat.
Starting on Friday night, Lal began sleeping outside at night with Mama Goat! Honestly, she could have started sleeping out there several days prior, but I just wasn’t ready to loss little Lal yet! She would follow me around as I cooked or cleaned, try to make friends with the cat only to have the cat run away in fear, and attempt to climb anything and everything with little luck.
First Homemade Goat Cheese! Sampled it plain and with herbs de Provence.
Mama Goat Beverly is doing great and is officially off antibiotics! She looks so skinny to us now after giving birth and it will take some getting used to. It seems like there was a hormonal shift or something because she is a lot more skittish and reluctant to come for milking. On the flip side she now being a more attentive mother. Now that she is off antibiotics we can start consuming her milk, so today we made our first batch of goat’s milk cheese! I have dabbled in cheese making in the past, so it was not overwhelming and we used a super easy recipe. It tasted great, and we got a surprisingly large amount from the amount of milk we processed. Cannot wait to make more! Her milk is so creamy, richer and thicker then half-and-half with a smooth full flavor- not goaty at all. It will be great in my morning coffee.
Baby lal is exploring her world through her mouth right now… luckily baby goat teeth are not sharp!
Now that Lal is strong and healthy we are trying to get the goats comfortable outside their pen. Before Lal’s birth, we took Beverly on daily goat walks but has now become fearful of the greater farm. Using Lal as a hostage, we lead Beverly outside of her pen and encourage her to explore and nibble on all the spring new growth. Lal jumps, prances, and climbs all around her world making it hard to keep up with her. Luckily goats are herd animals, so we don’t need a lead for Lal, we probably don’t need one for Bev either but its good practice. Later in the season we plan on using the goats to help clear poison ivy from around the veggie fields.
I leave you with the song, “Hey Babe, Would You Like to Get Some Goats with Me” by the Carper Family Band.