|"Harry", the new buck|
We knew there was one goat coming. It was arranged for the day after Thanksgiving. However, things changed!
On Thanksgiving Eve, around supper time, I noticed a message on Facebook from Marte asking if it would be ok to drop the goats off tonight. [I noticed the plural goats...] Goats? More than one? Interesting. I told Bill and he said sure, tell them that's fine. So I responded on Facebook, and shortly after got a phone call from Bob (Marte's husband) confirming our location.
Later in the evening, they arrived in a van. I had assumed they would need a stock trailer to bring the goats, but no, they had them in the back of the van, where they had been bedded down and quite happy on their trip with the family! Bill visited with them for a bit, while their little girl played under the yard light with Gandalf. Soon, the back door was opened, and Marte helped the male come out and secured him by the horns, while the female (doe) came out following him.
Bill had this to say about what happened after that...
Well, the new goats walked straight through the e-fence, so there is some education to do there. For the past hour the two goats and I have played a game of tag in the bush behind the coop. I'd get them so close to going back into the corral and then off they would circle around behind me...After a couple rounds, I tired of the silly game and turned our two goats out of the coop in hopes they would draw the two new goats into the corral for the night. I will check on them in an hour or so. The new goats are one buck and doe. Both are meat goats... we have our starter herd.
...Upon going outside the next morning the two new goats were at the corral gate looking for a way to get in. As I approached, they both shied away a bit. But with the light of the morning, the e-fence off, temping hay and the bleating of a large one point buck, both the new goats walked through the e-fence on the back side of the corral. Now, both are having a good time munching on hay, butting heads with our goats and just goat milling about. Yes, the e-fence is back on and I hope they find their boundaries OK; Winter is not a good time of year to fence...
Seems like everything that happens around here turns into a drama! LoL! Well, the new goats continued playing the game of tag. At one point, I did have the buck inside the to corral, but the doe refused. I was bleating like a goat and the buck would respond in kind. So, another hour or so of this new game and with a sore throat from bleating and with blurry vision in my right eye from being swatted by a branch, I gave up! Our goats were happily munching on some fresh hay in sight of the new goats, so I was hoping that would entice them. Nope! This morning no new goats in sight, but I have not gone out to explore yet. So, when Gurl needed to do her business outside this morning I stood on the deck again bleating. Our goats came bounding out of the coop with their normal joyful greeting and I was hoping the other two were in tow. Nope! So, I continued bleating and pretty soon I got a return call from the buck. They bedded down in the hay shed and are OK. Now, to the business of getting them into the corral.
|The new doe, as yet unnamed...|