Away in a Manger


Babies are coming, babies are coming!!!! Several weeks ago, we made a trip to a goat farm where we’ll be getting at least two, possibly three, doelings to start our own little herd of Nigerian dwarf dairy goats. They have a number of expecting does, and babies have begun to arrive! Of the first two born, one baby is a doeling–a female, and the other is a buckling–a male. So now I’m planning another trip to the goat farm next week to see the babies–maybe by then there will be more births. I might even be able to pick out the ones that will be ours!

(Photo of the newborns courtesy Missy Prescott at Destiny Groves Farm.)

Could they be cuter? I can hardly wait till baby goats are frolicking on our farm!

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  1. Kathryn says:

    The babies are beautiful! I know nothing about these critters, except what I have learned from here, and I have a question. When the doelings (beautiful word, by the way) are grown, will you milk them? Make cheese? I love cheese almost as much as pie.

    Please give Admiral an ear scritch for me when you go to pick up the goats.

  2. Sarah in Sanford says:

    Baby goats are so cute. We had goats when I was little and my favorite part about having them was when they would have babies. I didn’t realize babies are called doeling and buckling. Learn something new everyday!

    P.S. Love the Daily Farm Photo. I have porch envy.

  3. Suzanne McMinn says:

    Yes! I want to milk them! Mother goats will give milk for about a year (or almost) after having babies. I want to learn t make cheese and soap!

  4. Becky says:

    I have never tasted goat milk, never had a desire to because of the odor coming from the goat. Some of them can really stink.
    Good luck with your goat’s milk and soap venture! :yes:

  5. becki says:

    Stupid question?

    Are the baby goats twins?

  6. Suzanne McMinn says:

    Becky, I think it’s usually only the male goats that stink. I guess I’ll find out, LOL. I’m only getting females.

    Becki, I guess you could call them twins! I don’t know if they are technically called that or not. Normally, goats deliver one to three babies, most commonly two. Rarely more, but it is possible. (At least my books say so. But it’s unusual.)

  7. Kathryn says:

    There is a delightful family here that brings their soap to the Farmer’s Market. It is simply TDF. I can rarely get there when it opens, and they sell out lickety split.

  8. Carolyn says:

    For beautiful, soft skin, goat’s milk soap is THE BEST. Those babies are cute, cute cute. Can’t wait until you get some and post their pics. xxoo

  9. Jill S. says:

    The babies are PRECIOUS!

  10. Egghead says:

    Those babies are so precious. I had two nanny goats as a kid and they were as sweet natured as could be. But they just would not stop jumping on top my fathers truck and denting the cab in with their hooves. They love to climb atop of anything and would always eat my mothers laundry off of the clothes line. Fun times!

  11. catslady says:

    How adorable. I’m wondering if they would be called twins only if they were in the same sack?? Just guessing – I know nothing about goats but someone told me this about kittens and I thought it might be the same.

  12. Susan says:

    They are such cuties! :sheepjump: When are you going to find time to write with all those animals wanting your attention?! 😆

  13. Doris says:

    When I milked goats, I learned to put something like cheesecloth over the pail I milked into. If I didn’t the darn flies would divebomb right into my fresh milk in the summertime. Also if the goat shook herself(and they love to ) I would have goat hair all in the milk too. 😥 I liked the milk, but my 2 girls would not touch it. They said it smelled and tasted goaty ? I did not think so at all. Good luck to you. :thumbsup:

  14. Estella says:

    Those babies are sooo cute!

  15. rebecca says:

    Awww! The baby goat is adorable.

    Hey, what’s the difference between “frolicking” and “cavorting?”

    I think of this as a frolic: :rotfl:

    And this as more of a cavort: :elephant:

    I could be wrong.

  16. Remudamom says:

    Oh, you’ll love your goaties! Glad to hear your chickies are fine, one of my baby chicks disappeared today. 😥

  17. happyathome says:

    Can’t wait to see more baby goat pictures. They really are so cute!

  18. Sonja Foust says:

    EEEE! I love goat babies! They’re so adorable. Can’t wait to read your goat adventures. 🙂

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