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Trip to a Goat Farm

May
4

I want some of this.





Miniature goats. Nigerian dwarf dairy goats. They are so adorable! Yesterday, we took a trip to Destiny Groves Farm, an amazingly gorgeous place surprisingly nearby–just a few country roads away–to visit the expecting mamas and learn more about them so we can prepare for our babies. (They like animal crackers. Princess said, “We like the same snacks!” There you go. We must have them.)

They’re all pregnant. Due within a month. Babies ready to go home with me in July. Princess loved them, too. And their great big gorgeous Great Pyrenees dog named Admiral.





I think I have a thing for Admiral myself.





I wanted to steal him, but I couldn’t fit him in my pocket.

Aside from Admiral and the goats, the entire farm was so much fun to tour. It’s truly one of the cutest farms I’ve ever seen. They have a beautiful barn that is part of the Quilt Barn Trail in West Virginia. (Part of a national movement displaying quilt squares on rustic barns.)





And a veritable chicken hotel of a hen house.





Princess couldn’t stop playing with the lever that lifts the little door that lets the hens out from the chicken house into their little yard.





I spent quite some time convincing this spectacular rooster to let me take his picture. And I went home and looked at my chicks and wondered how it was possible that they could ever end up that big.





Then we visited the three billy goats gruff. I told them if they lined up like this for me, I’d bring the girls over. Heh.





The boys have to be kept separated from the girls. Our first thought was to get a breeding pair, a boy and a girl, but after learning we’d have to keep them separated, we’re leaning toward two females so they can be kept together. We’ll arrange for a boyfriend to visit. And next year, we’ll be having our own babies on our farm!

Besides, I just like the girls better. Aren’t they pretty?





I’ll take two.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on May 4, 2008  

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  1. 5-4
    5:23
    am

    *I* want Admiral! I want a pony too. Okay, Admiral is big enough for a child to ride. :lol:

    Yes, the goats are adorable. You must be building a barn. You will have goats in 2 months! Goat’s milk cheese? (Never tried it, but what else can you use a goat for? LOL.)

    BTW, the replicas of quilt squares on the barns is a terrific idea, a great way to keep history alive.

    -Kim

  2. 5-4
    6:28
    am

    Thanks so much for anwering my question about the quilt trail. They have started one recently here in our area of Tennesse, but I had no idea that it was a national thing!! I just thought it was a few people that liked to decorate their barns!!!
    grace and peace,
    julie

  3. 5-4
    6:38
    am

    I love the goats, I think they are so cute. I can’t wait to see yours!

  4. 5-4
    7:35
    am

    If you’re interested in quilt barns, go to the Destiny Groves Farm website, scroll down a bit and read about their quilt barn and see more pictures. They have a family connection with the woman who started the Quilt Barn Trail that is interesting to read about.

  5. 5-4
    7:45
    am

    You obviously were upwind of the Goats Gruff, or you wouldn’t have considered getting a male. Females are much less trouble, we used to have a visitor, and then would send him on his way.

  6. 5-4
    7:50
    am

    You need a pig.

  7. 5-4
    8:23
    am

    Suzanne, the goats are total loves (oh, and Admiral…I can see how you and Princess fell for him), but you really got my attention with the Quilt Barn Trail.

    Since I live nowhere near your area, I took off on a website quest that led me off in a whole new direction and I even found this woman who makes cute little quilt charms for bracelets (so far I’ve managed to resist buying any, but who knows what I might do tomorrow if I’m low on willpower)? I discover the coolest things on your site!

    By the way, those billy goats to lined up in such perfect formation is such a great shot! I half believe you when you say you bribed them with a visit from the girls. What else but…um…love :love: could induce such cooperation?

  8. 5-4
    8:44
    am

    Hey, I’ve seen some pics of other quilt barns. So neat!

    Those goat pics are gorgeous. Can’t wait to see the baby goat pics!

  9. 5-4
    9:18
    am

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and keeping up with your chicken “happenings”. I’m so excited to see that you are getting goats… can’t wait to read all about it!

  10. 5-4
    9:44
    am

    What a great idea on buying some goats. When my daughter was a baby (after weaning from the bottle) the only milk I could get her to drink for a long time was goat’s milk. She loved it. Your pic of the three goats is so cute. Love the black and white one.

  11. 5-4
    10:25
    am

    Your farm is truly coming together! Oh YAY goats! I love them, but I am allergic to them. Amazing, the only animal I am allergic to! The Goats Gruff is a great picture, you have amazing skills with animals.
    I betcha you have your own “Admiral” sometime in the future, I would love to have one too. He’s a gorgeous dog. How can you wait til July????

  12. 5-4
    11:29
    am

    The goats are adorable! And so is Admiral. :)

  13. 5-4
    12:15
    pm

    SO adorable!!!!!

  14. 5-4
    3:11
    pm

    I fell in love with Admiral at first glance! I like the girls better, too. Next up are cows?

  15. 5-4
    3:28
    pm

    You don’t want a male goat as a permanent guest. They are very smelly!

  16. 5-4
    3:57
    pm

    I’m totally impressed with the rooster picture too – he’s gorgeous. I think the goat or rooster pic would make a great entry – beats that piece of pie or whatever it was last year that won lol.

  17. 5-4
    7:11
    pm

    What a life you’re living!
    It’s simply lovely.

  18. 5-4
    9:23
    pm

    I never thought goats could be so cute!

  19. 5-4
    11:00
    pm

    I love your goat pics! My husband and I raise nigerian dwarfs, and you’re right, they’re precious. We have two boys, and 6 girls. We should have babies any day, and we’re excited! We also have a Great Pyr, named Chloe. I vote you get one of those. You can’t have goats without their fearless protector the pyr! Besides, they make wonderful pets. Suggestion on the goats, you could also get a wether to go with your girls. In case the farm people didn’t tell you, that’s a boy that’s been banded, or “fixed”. We have two of those, and they have really sweet personalities.

  20. 5-5
    12:10
    am

    Wow, we’re looking at Nigerian Dwarf goats too! AND we have baby chicks. We’re living parallel lives. :eek:

    But seriously, how did you get those goats to line up like that. ;-)

  21. 5-5
    9:02
    am

    What pretty goats! I just had the honor of delivering triplets from my neighbor’s sweet pet goat. My neighbor was at work, so I was on OB watch. :) When I stopped by to check on her, she was delivering and baby was coming out wrong and was profoundly stuck. I was able to get baby out safely and then watch her have two more! All four are now doing great. It was ridiculously exciting! We have one pygmy wether who lives with my two sheep. He is one of THE GREATEST animals we have here – and we have a lot of animals. You will love goats! DO NOT get a male unless you have him castrated. There’s always someone with a buck that you can breed your doe/s to. Those bucks STINK to high heaven and they can be really nasty little devils. Besides, then your doe will have girls and you won’t be able to breed them to their father, so you’ll have to go searching for a buck anyway. Save yourself some trouble! Besides, you’ll have more room for more goat kids that way! :mrgreen:

  22. 5-5
    11:19
    am

    What great pictures. 9 really enjoyed them, too.

    Your farm is just growing, growing, growing. I can’t believe your little chicks will be as big as that rooster one day…

  23. 5-5
    5:04
    pm

    If my hubby sees these, I’m in trouble! The great goat debate continues here in Robin’s Woods…

  24. 5-6
    9:22
    pm

    Now you’ve gone and done it ~ re-fueled my goat dreams! Those goats are beautiful. Hmmm, wonder if my subdivision neighbors would mind just a small one or two??

  25. 5-10
    6:44
    pm

    We have many goats Too! Goats are wonderful to raise, much more fun than cattle!

  26. 11-29
    5:36
    pm

    :shimmy: hey i really want to visit a farm for my b-day. I was woundering if you guys give tours around the farm. I am really indtrested in goats and really want to learn more about differnt animals. i was thinking about buying a new baby pygmy goat. lol. brb

  27. 1-27
    4:45
    pm

    :woof: :woof: :woof: :snuggle: :heart: :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo: :hungry: :shocked: 8) :sheep: :duck:

  28. 1-27
    4:48
    pm

    I AM GETTING MY 3 GOAT LOL I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL I WANT A BABY LOL

  29. 5-25
    2:05
    pm

    It’s fun to see how far we’ve come in a year!

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