Farm Stories. Chapter 13. Goats. Introduction.

We have three adult goats on the farm: two does and one buck. They all are three years old, like the sheep and Ava-the-dog. We got the does two years ago and the buck a year ago. Each one of them has a very distinct temper.

  • Giselle is an Alpine female goat. She has a bit of attitude and she is the leader of our herd.
  • Giselle-the-boss

    Giselle-the-boss

  • Cappuccina is a beautiful and very friendly brown Nubian doe. She loves people and people love her too !
  • Cappuccina with hay

    Cappuccina with hay

  • Yonkel is the last addition to the herd. He was very shy, calm and fearful at the beginning, but now he started to show his real character of a friendly, active and curious Saanen buck.
  • Yonkel-the-funny-buck

    Yonkel-the-funny-buck

 

We also have a few baby-goats.

A baby goat

A baby goat

 

What do they eat? The goats eat weeds, bushes and leaves in summer. In winter they eat hay. They also like grains, veggies, apples and roots.

Where do they stay? In summer they stay outside during the day, and go to sleep in their summer barn at night. In winter they have morning and evening walks with Edward-the-farmer, the sheep and Ava-the-dog, and stay inside the barn for the rest of the time, together with sheep and chickens.

How do they behave? The goats are very curious and inquisitive, sometimes they fight with each other and with sheep to establish or reconfirm their position in the herd. They all like to be petted.

Giselle and Cappuccina in summer

Giselle and Cappuccina in summer