is quickly finding his niche on our farm. He still drops his belly down
when I try to pet him...but Aurora says that's not a bug; it's a
feature. After all, she could stand for hours and let me brush her,
especially at this time of year when she's shedding her winter fluff.
Why do I need another pettable goat on the premises exactly?
Elsewhere, our new
wether is proving to be equally adaptable. For the first week or so, I
gave him fresh hay on top of his safe spot --- the dog kennel where he
eats breakfast far from Aurora's overeager head butts. But then I
realized the imperfect hay that tends to build up in the bottom of our
manger was disappearing for the first time ever.
Out in the pasture,
Edgar is teaching Aurora some good habits --- like actually, you know, eating in the pasture rather than
just waiting for their daily out-of-pasture graze. On the other hand,
our new goat is a serious bark eater, so I'll have to keep a close eye
on him if I ever decide to tether him near fruit trees.
As a side note, a couple
of you have commented on his size --- pretty darn puny compared to our
doeling who is his exact same age. "Will he get any bigger?" you ask.
I'd say he will since he grew slowly with pretty much no access to
concentrates and without the extreme milk bar Aurora enjoyed. That
said, he is a pure Dwarf Nigerian rather
than sharing Aurora's 1/4 Nubian blood, so I'd expect him to always
trail behind her in bulk.
interesting trait is --- he's a nibbler! Hold out your fingers and they
end up in his mouth. I guess that's better than running away when I get
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