Wicked Walnut Farm, home of LeadQuine, expanded the collection of animals who call our farm home recently. Last summer, we added four Nigerian Dwarf Goats to our herd—two does (females) and two bucks (intact males). They all have very sweet dispositions. The two does are Anna and Indy.
Nigerian Dwarf goats are known for producing rich milk great for making soap, cheeses, and other products, and we decided to try our hand at it. They also have a VERY short breeding window—about 12 hours. Back in late November, Anna went into heat, so we quickly moved Oliver into their pen to breed. Well, we must have missed her window by a little bit, but not Indy’s, and on the evening of April 30th, we were walking back from the chicken coop and heard the little cries of newborn kids!
Our bucks are smelly, because the does find the scent of their urine to be irresistible, so they are constantly peeing on themselves. We don’t pet them nearly as much as they’d like as a result of this unpleasantness, but they are just so sweet that sometimes we can’t help ourselves. Meet Coal and Oliver.
We have no experience with baby Nigerian Dwarfs, and we were unprepared for how small they would be!