Bottle-feeding our baby goats

Bottle-feeding our baby goats
5 years, 8 months ago 0

All animals still in the stall this morning. At 7:30 we tried bottle-feeding our baby goats for the first time. Fortunately our neighbor, Jim Payne, knows what to do, as he used to work on a sheep farm. He bought a big bottle with a “goat nipple” and mixed up goat baby formula. The goats haven’t caught on yet. It’s still hard to catch them in the stall and they are terrified when we pick them up – lots of bleating and struggling – but with time and patience we will tame them. Gamble and Eliza have named them Socks and Gilley.

We had a bad storm late this afternoon – loud thunder and lightning and lots of rain on the tin roof. Fortunately Gamble, Eliza, my mother-in-law, Shirley, and I were at the barn and could stay in the stall with Kroaker. He was terrified! Shaking and drooling. I think he would have jumped out of the stall and tried to run away if we had not been there. The goats seemed O.K. Eliza petted and calmed them during all the scary noise. I guess we’ll all have to start paying more attention to the weather from now on.

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