Anywho, we get up there, chat a bit and Shayla sets her eyes on this TINY little doeling. She goes on and on about how pretty she is. "Look mommy!! See how TINY she is?! Look at her, isn't she just BEAUTIFUL? She's even wearing makeup!"
She truly thinks she’s the prettiest goat she ever did see and asked if she could have her. I told her we’d wait and see…perhaps at Christmas.
The breeder however told Shayla she could HAVE the doe!!! Shayla was over the moon excited, nearly bouncing in excitement and frantic to get her hands on the lil' doeling... I'm still shocked by the unexpected generosity & though I had no plans to add another goat anytime soon, I'm very happy for Shayla & quite proud of the responsibility she's showng at the ripe old age of 6.....
This lil’ doe is a 4th generation Miniature Alpine and is quite small…even for a miniature. Add to this she is dam raised, almost 4 months old and VERY wild.
Took a bit of effort, but Shayla did manage to catch her:
|The newly captured Ella|
|Car ride home..|
Many people do wean goats at this age. Many wean them at 8 weeks old. As a personal preference, and the fact that I like my kids big enough to breed their first year if I decided to, I don’t wean any sooner than 16 weeks. Does and any kids undersized stay on milk as long as they will take it.
Due to Ella’s size (she’s ½ the size of the mini kids we had born last year) I wanted her to stay on milk.
Have you ever tried to train a dam raised kid to take a bottle after such a long time????
Talk about a lesson in patience! Made even more difficult by the fact that Ella is wild as can be and we have to catch her each time to feed her!!!
Shayla was persistent though!!! Every morning she was in the barn shortly after the sun was up and we’d force the bottle on her. Typically we wore more milk than we actually go in her, but Shayla refused to get discouraged or give up.
Finally after 5 days, trying 3x’s every day, SUCCESS!!
The bottle feeding battle
Ella is officially a bottle kid and now eagerly, if not a bit warily approaches us each time she sees the bottle.
|My! What big ears you have!!!|
|Shayla says she's wearing cream eyeshadow & eyeliner.|
|Tiny Ella trying to reach the alfalfa pellets|
Speaking of growth… I had been meaning to post these pictures ages ago and am just now getting around to it. Sam was raised on strict coccidia prevention, a bottle kid who I allowed to have the bottle until he was 16 weeks old. These are some before & after pictures of my Alpine buck..
Sam and Shayla, 2 1/2 weeks old and Sam & Shayla at 13 weeks, 4 days old…. Weighed in that day at a hair over 75lbs!
|Sam's Before & After|
What a hunk and he’ll definitely be well grown and in top condition going into his first rut this fall. I’m so proud of my Sambo! He'll be bred to Bleuberry & Sabrina October 2011 & I'm crossing my fingers for doe kids!