Friday, November 14, 2014

The Kid Report

Harley and Nick the goats play together every day.
It's very cute.
It's something this old goat likes to watch.


The leap and hop and run and jump.
They butt heads.
It reminds me of when I was young and fancy free.


It also does my little goat heart good to see Harley just being a kid.
We were all so worried about him and now it's like nothing was ever wrong.
He will grow up to be a strong little wether.


He is even showing signs of being BIGGER than Nick!
He is, after all, a week older and he is a single where Nick is a twin.
The publicist has the three little kids in one pen at night now so they keep each other warm in the bitter cold weather. She says they make a kid pile with Nora on the bottom. Isn't that cute?


Obviously Nora is not suffering from this.
I think those boys are doing a good job of keeping her warm.
Warm is good.


16 comments:

  1. We are THRILLED that Harley is 100% better! So...when do we get to see the Kid Pile?

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    1. It is a little dark in the barn but I will see what I can do

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  2. That is such great news that Harley is back to being a normal goatling!

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  3. Oh that is such good news that Harley is all better. Good boy Harley for fighting your way back to good health. That would be fun to see that pile of kids. What a good idea to stay warm.

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  4. I'll bet it's a ton of fun to watch them all day long. I'm really happy that Harley is doing so well after that scare.

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  5. Great news about Harley ! It's so cute to see the kids play together ! Purrs

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  6. We're so happy Harley is doing well! We'd love to watch the kids play together all day!

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  7. Aw, to be a kid again. They're all so cute!!

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  8. Glad the kids are all doing well and staying warm.

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  9. As long as they don’t smother her. MOL. Pricilla, I’m surprised you can remember that far back. HAH!

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  10. What fun to have enough littles to have a kid pile!

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  11. Harley is finally looking bigger than Nick. This is the 1st time I noticed in one of your photos that both boys, on their right sides, have the same cow pattern only with the B&W coloring reversed. Their head markings are almost identical too. Since Luke is the father of both Nick & Harley & their mothers are sisters, does that make Nick & Harley cousins, half-brothers or both? If Luke fathers all the kids, does the goat gene pool become so small that genetic defects become a problem like it does with humans? Just curious as I know nothing about breeding goats, but I am interested in genetics, When I saw the post were Bernadette was doing the rumba with her own biological father, it occurred to me that with such a small gene pool, such inbreeding, in many species, would normally result in an increasing rate of genetic defects, undesirable traits & an increase in specific illnesses. Do you know if this is true for goats or does inbreeding have no negative consequences for them? I have an interest in human genetics & was just wanted to understand how goats avoid mutations & defects when one ram fathers many generations in such a small gene pool?

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    1. With goats you can line breed without issues. We looked into this before we got into having goats because we knew that we would not have enough does to support two bucks; in reality we truly don't have enough to keep Luke as busy as he should be. I think if I remember correctly you need one buck for every thirty does. With any animal where dominance rules it's going to be the strongest buck mating with all of the does in his harem so it happens in the wild as well. Sorry for the erm indelicate talk on a family blog....

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  12. One buck for every 30 girlz??? Whoa... that WOULD keep Luke mighty busy. ; )

    We can't help but smile at the thought of a cute kid pile!

    Stay warm, goatie-friends!

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  13. WOWZERS, a ... kid-pile? Copyca--- err, goats! MOL! We bet they're good and warm with that, and yes in this weather? VERY needed!

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Maaaaaa away....

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