We had our first snow a few days ago, it was about half an inch, and the goats and puppies sure had fun playing in it. Frozen water buckets and rabbit bottles were extra work, along with hauling hot water out to the goats and chickens and thawing frozen hoses. Fortunately the snow didn't affect the roads into town. You can see in the picture above that we have our herd of 5 goats going into winter. Snowdrop is the newest goat we have, she's a little 4 month old white Nigerian Dwarf doeling, she came here about a month ago. The goats have added both fun and work into our lives, along with milk, and lots of wonderful compost material. We are working on fencing and I spent the day cleaning out their goat barn and filled it with fresh dry straw. I've also spent time everyday studying the goats and watching for signs of being in heat. I have a record for both Zolena and Joon and their last dates in heat, and am waiting for Jersey to come back into heat, somehow I must have missed her last one. We've already tried to have Joon bred once, but I think our timing was off by a day.
Exploring and playing, Josie happy and smiling.
Stormy, Jersey, and Snowdrop all munching on some douglas fir greens. We took down several trees last week for the fence line and the goats love to eat the tips of them. The goats are interesting to watch all the things they eat, moss on trees, various ferns, dried leaves (chips), bark, and of course any edible berry bush. They are more deer like and will leave the grass as a last resort.