Archive for the ‘Goat Basics’ Category

Gemma the baby goat

This Is What It Sounds Like…When Goats Cry

Here I am revisiting the crying goat issue because of a little crybaby named Gemma.

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Gemma goat face

The Glamorous Life of a Goat Girl

When you have any kind of farm animals, you tend to get scratches, scrapes, bruises, insect and spider bites, and other skin lesions that burn, itch, or hurt like heck with some frequency. Welcome to the glamorous life of a goat girl!

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Calabrian goat that headbutts

Headbutting in Goats

Please feel free to share your goat headbutting stories here!

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New buck in the pen

There’s a New Buck in Town

If all goes well, kids in the spring! Meet the buck who can make it all possible.

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Dunkin' Donuts

Time to Feed the Goat-ies

Dreaming of French crullers reminds me of the “Time to make the donuts” guy from an old Dunkin’ Donuts ad — only it’s time to feed the goaties.

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Goat Hair Shedding Time of Year

Last week I noticed that Pasqualina was beginning to have fuzzies on her neck. At first I thought she just had some pieces from the hay stuck in her fur (it’s been known to happen), but as I looked closer, I realized it was her soft, winter undercoat going bye-bye for the spring.

Goat shedding time

Goat shedding time

I don’t know if we were so occupied with goat birth last year at this time that I just didn’t notice, but Pasqualina definitely had some major goat hair shedding this year — which gave me a great excuse to get in there and give her a good brushing. I got several full brushes worth of undercoat, which I set free in the Sunday breeze; too bad I don’t know how to spin wool, right?

It was obvious that Pinta also has some shedding once I got to brushing her, but it wasn’t anywhere near as clumpy as Pasqualina’s; they definitely do have different types of hair — Pinta takes after her father — but I’m wondering now whether maybe the first year, their undercoats just aren’t as thick, and Pinta’s will be heavier next winter?

Look maaaa, all better!

Look maaaa, all better!

Always learning as a goat ma, that’s for sure.

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Goats that readers have spotted out and about. Send your photos to michelle(at)goatberries(dot)com! 

Baby the Goat in Georgia
Anguillian Goats
Goats in Central Park Zoo, NYC
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Tuscan goat
Goat on donkey (no not in that way)
Oman goat
Goat in tree in Africa
Testa Dura Goat Cheese
Goat at Maine Fiber Frolic 2011