And then there were three

Baby Ivy

Cricket delivered a gigantic doeling yesterday!  Not bad work for a first-timer.

She looks a lot like her mama, but even more like her daddy Moses.  Everyone’s happy, well, except for our old goat Bell, who has to sleep alone now.

15 responses to “And then there were three

  1. Congratulations! Three seems just right for you guys, and a doeling!
    What a fun start to the weekend 🙂

  2. We are thinking about buying a goat mainly for the milk.
    Do you have any recommendations? We have a small backyard (about 3/4 acre) but enough weeds and grass to keep them happy. probably need a smaller pygmy breed, I would imagine. Also, are they loud?

    • Hi CJ. Many, many people like the small dairy breed Nigerian Dwarf goats. And because so many people like them, they’re expensive…around here that means $350 a doeling, whereas full-sized purebreds like my little Ivy here (an Alpine) go for $200…and they give you three times the amount of milk. Me, I am obviously biased. But there are other smaller dairy breeds: the Kinder (a mix of pygmy and Nubian) is a nice choice, as is any mini version of the larger breeds (mini-LaMancha, mini-Nubian, etc.). The only breed that’s extremely loud is the Nubian. They’re in a class by themselves, noise-wise. My Alpines are pretty quiet…though Cricket understandably put out quite a lot of noise when she was delivering Ivy into the world.

  3. Yay! A doeling!!!

  4. Congrats on the little girl! And very cute pics. I especially like the second one. 🙂

  5. What a cutie, and what fantastic photos, El! Welcome to baby Ivy.


  6. Aw, congrats!

  7. Very cute! Yay for nanny goats!

  8. So very cute. Congratulations!

  9. {{swooning in a kind of Kingsolver way}}

    Do they have ROUND pupils?


  10. Very sweet.

  11. Awwwww. . . good work, everyone!

  12. OMGosh! How cute is that!

  13. That is the sweetest picture, just adorable!

  14. Great looking kids! I’ve read through some of your stories. They give a great personal account of raising dairy goats.

    Are you going to start breeding and selling them? Feel free to list your farm in our directory – – I’m sure people would love to see your pics and read about your experiences and your those great looking cheeses!

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