In answer to the question, how is the new goat doing? She is doing fine. She has settled in to her pen and after the first night has had a good appetite. She is a bit skittish and doesn’t seem used to children at this point.
She is bigger than our other goats, although not terribly big, and as you see she doesn’t have horns. Milk goats have their horns removed – another farming procedure that I will be getting acquainted with as she is due to have a kid or kids in the middle of March! I will admit that I’m a little squeamish about dehorning and castrating (hoping the kids are does) but I daresay that will go away with experience.
Our other goats are very interested in Tinker but although they can see each other they can’t interact – Tinker is in quarantine for 30 days to cut down on any disease transmission. They do posture at each other from behind the fences and I suspect there will be some head butting when they do meet. Perhaps our Kiko girls will find Tinker less interesting once Hot Rod arrives later this week!