We just picked this girl up on Sunday and she was very nice to us on her long ride home in our SUV. She is a registered Nubian with a good lineage, including her dad Bo Jangles, whom we're finding out is a popular buck around town. Her registered name is Nitro, but her nickname is Star. She has been a tough goat to milk ( but we were warned). She's only just had her first set of babies so she's not used to it. This girl puts up such a fight bucking and laying down causing me to alter our milking stand which is still a work in progress. She's even cut my hand open pretty good and we have to be careful. I know she's only been here a couple of days in a strange place with strange people (us!) and with some work she will be a great addition to our farm. Our Toggenburg (Roxy) likes to show her dominance even though Nitro (Star) has 30 pounds more of all muscle on her and I can definitely feel the difference myself. Roxy just thinks she's tough but they are already playing with each other. Nitro (Star) is such a cute and kind goat , she doesn't like it when we leave her alone with the just the other goats and voices it... She's definitely happier when we are around and tonight, we already had a good milking night with little drama.
PS We are all learning and feeling each other out so we know what works best for farmer and goat! She teaches us and we (try) to teach her. This is where 10 years of animal training experience comes in handy! Keep it short and sweet - Ken is already talking about "conditioning" her! He's a natural animal trainer, he just doesn't know it. He rarely gets any of them "bucket diving"either. I'm the one that works on the seps (separating one animal out from the the others). All the goats like him better anyways... he's the one with the treats ;) That's okay cuz I can hug the Moose the Goose, so nanny nanny booboo!!
The pictures don't do them justice. They are the cutest things. They have their own yard and coop until they can free range.... this also keeps them from getting picked on by the older kids. We got 5 red stars, 5 well summers and 13 Americana's (Easter egger's) Most are only 6 weeks old and some are 8 weeks. I lost count at 60 birds but i know we have many plus more for sure :D