When a friend called trying to find homes for her sweet babies, I just had to say "yes". Well, this was before they were born and I was only planning on 3 - not 5!!! And...... I figured, what were the chances of all of them being girls? My thought was this - we raise them up and then we eat them - after all they would all be boys, right? Wrong! We have 4 girls and only 1 boy and to top it all off, the littlest girl is crippled. This means that she is spending the majority of the time in the house with her splints and teaching her to walk. After you put that much time and effort into something, how could I possibly consider eating it??? It looks to me like we are back in the dairy goat business.
Twinkie (that is what I am calling her) was born very small and her legs were twisted and the hooves knuckled under. This isn't unusual although it is not common either. I have seen legs worse than this straighten right up with good nutrition and warm sunshine. I think she will be romping with the rest of her herdmates by this time next week.
Here is Twinkie with her brother. He is almost twice her size!
In case you are wondering, the little girls (and guy) are crosses between Alpine, Nubian, LaMancha, and Saanen. That is what I call diversified goats! LOL
It is never a dull moment around here.....