Posted Aug 10, 2015
I was not very impressed when the children brought a baby goat back from their hiking expedition. It was obviously not weaned. Where was it's mother?
They told me that they came upon the herd suddenly and that they had all bolted and not returned.
"We found the little one the next day, at the spot where the herd had been." Was the plea.
What could I do.
The kids kept it on a leash like a dog and fed it baby formula because we didn't have any goat and lamb starter. Remarkably, not only did the little blighter survive, he has become part of the family; even the dog has come to accept him.
I had heard of pet goats but never owned one; we have a pen full of boer goats but they're not pets by any means.
The kids love this little guy like a puppy; he hangs around them bleating, climbing on things and generally being cute and is no trouble at all as far as pets go. Goat droppings are much easier to deal with than that of dogs and, now that he's weaned he feeds on grass which costs us nothing. Another advantage Gathia (that's his name)has over other pets is that he's a herbivore - we recently disposed of our cat (don't tell the kids) because of its preference for native fauna.
I'm not sure whether he will become troublesome when he gets older (if he gets into the veggie garden he's going in the pot) but I think he's got a good life ahead of him because a ferral / boer cross can make a good size goat and we have a pen full of nannies.