We've made it to the last of the girls. The last set were all born here this spring. Jake is the father of each of them and they are all so distinct in coloring. From completely white to brown with splotches, we never know what we are going to get when birthing season comes around. I love the surprise when they are born.
Leia is the daughter of Holly. If you look back, you will see that Holly is a Lamancha/Saneen cross but has the Lamancha ears. Leia ended up with Nubian ears like Jake. She is a fun little goat to watch. She's one of the few new babies that doesn't get into too much mischief. She tends to hang close to Sally in the pasture. She has a sweet disposition and I could just kiss that cute face! We hope she will one day be a great milker like her mother.
Sunshine is the granddaughter of my most favorite goat we've ever had. Her grandmother, Moonlight, was one of our first goats. Moonlight was the most amazing goat. She was an excellent milker, super friendly, and loved being around people. I'm hoping some of those great traits have been passed down to Sunshine. I can definitely see the resemblance in their looks. Sunshine is still a bit timid, but will come to us for feed and treats. We are still working with her to be a little more sociable. If she inherited her grandmother's milking traits, she will be an amazing milker for us in a couple of years.
Joy is the daughter of Emma. We gave her the name Joy because by a couple of days old, she would hop around like she was full of joy. She and a couple of her buddies are a little mischievous. They are very quick to figure out how to escape from fencing, which is never a good thing. They have figured out how to get through hot wire fencing without getting shocked. Because of her and her little friends Houdini-like skills, we've moved them to a different pasture that is completely field fenced in. Yesterday, they figured out how to push the gate open, so we had to reinforce that. She's obviously a pretty smart little cookie. We hope she will grow out of her mischievous phase.
Out of all of the new kids, Jolie is the most timid. She is the daughter of Minnie. She also hangs out with the mischievous crowd and likes to test the old theory of the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. We have been working with her to have her build more trust with us so she will not be so timid. She will come with the herd to get feed but always keeps a close eye on where we are. I'm hoping to help her overcome her timidness. One cool thing about her is she has wattles like her mom and her grandmother. I hope we can keep this line going with more females with wattles. It's like their little piece of natural jewelry.
We've met everyone! Raising goats has been such a blessing to our family. We love them all and each one is special to us in their own way. We are always on the lookout for new goats to add to the herd. I'm hoping that one day we can add a couple of other breeds of dairy goats to see how each breed's temperament differs. They definitely all have their personalities just like every person is different. I hope you have enjoyed meeting all of the goats!