2012 Kidding Season

Record of 2012 Kids

Our first doe delivered on March 28, 2012.  Calabash had a set of triplets, 1 doeling and 2 bucklings.  Our second doe delivered on April 5, 2012.  Kizzy had a set of twins, 2 bucklings.  All kids were strong, healthy, and incredibly snuggly and cute!

Sleepy Mama - a few days before giving birth

Almost time!  TRIPLETS!!!

Cadence - our first doeling!

Kizzy's little one - Sold as a wether
Cala's triplets, cute bunch!
Cadence loves to cuddle
Brothers - Sold as wethers
Post-feeding, pre-naptime

Kizzy's little one - Sold as a buckling


Spring 2012 kids are sold.  Cute and healthy!

Walk in the Autumn Woods

One of the most fun things about owning goats is taking them on a walk in the woods.  Goats are natural browsers like deer, as opposed to grazers such as cattle.  Goats prefer to reach upward for their food, rather than down to the ground.  This is a natural instinctual response, as goats are less likely to pick up parasites when reaching for tree branches and brush, than from close-cropped pasture ground.  In The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable, Juliette de Bairacli Levy writes:  "A health rule for goat care is to walk the herd ... through woodland.  When trained, they will not stray from their keeper and that herbal and twiggy-eating walk will ensure them great health."  It is amazing to know that goats have a natural instinct as to what is healthful for their bodies, and harmful.  The herd queen will check out any new plant and determine whether it is suitable, and the rest of the herd will then follow her lead.  


Nutritionally and physically, not only is a walk in the woods healthful to the goats, it is also enjoyable for the goats and their owners!  I love evening walks with the herd because that's when they display their most entertaining antics and their individual personalities are on full display.  Herd queen Kizzy is alert, ears pricked and eyes sharp, making sure there are no threats to her companions.  Daredevil Cala takes the lead exploring new paths and scrambling on tree trunks and rocks.  Trillium is the best forager, probably because at her former home, Christine also led her goats on daily walks in the woods.  Kizzy and Cala keep an eye on whatever Trillium finds and have to have a chomp too.  On the walk, little Cadence displays her full name meaning to perfection.... she prances and caprioles with rhythm beside the older goats.  The goats love to play-fight with one another, bounding up on their hind legs and butting heads, reminiscent of their distant mountain goat ancestry.  When they have eaten their fill of blackberry and raspberry brambles, wild strawberry vines, pine needles, beech leaves, herbs and weeds, they will often lay down on a bed of soft pine needles and gaze with contentment at their surroundings.  Then a few moments later they will be up with a bound, ready for another forage, or to demand that I give them some attention.  And when the sun sets behind the horizon and the light begins to dim, back we go, all in a row, down the woods path.


noble, calm, herd queen royalty

mama and doeling

sweet Trillium, reflecting autumn's golden glow

eyes of  honey-gold

Why Raise Nigerian Dwarf Goats?

The Nigerian Dwarf as a Miniature Dairy Goat
The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature dairy goat of West African origin. Nigerian Dwarf goats are enjoying a rise in popularity due to their small size, colorful markings and dairy characteristics. Their small stature means they do not require as much space or feed as their larger dairy goat counterparts and their gentle and friendly personalities make them good companion pets. The milk is also higher in butterfat and has a sweeter taste. Nigerians are easy to handle; even for small children. Nigerian Dwarfs are considered rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also approved the Nigerian Dwarf Goat as a livestock dairy goat, which makes them eligible for youth 4H and FFA projects.

A healthy Nigerian Dwarf doe can produce a surprising amount of sweet milk for her small size - up to two quarts per day or more. In addition, Nigerian Dwarf milk is higher in butterfat (6-10%) and higher in protein than milk from most dairy goat breeds. Many Nigerian Dwarf owners raise their goats for milk production but others raise them for the pleasure and companionship these little caprines bring to their lives.

--Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association

What is a Wether?

A wether is a castrated male goat.
Wethers make great pets!  They are adorable, gentle, do not stink or become aggressive like a buck in rut.  Single goats need a companion and buddy.  Wethers should always be purchased in pairs if you do not have any other goats.