It’s been getting colder and colder lately (even dropping down to -10°C the other night), and we had our first snow of the season last week.
Not a lot of snow, less than an inch, but enough of that white stuff to cover the ground. And, it was the first time that our little girls saw snow! Leeloo and Primrose (our oldest Nigerian Dwarf doelings) were born last year in March, so they may have seen a very small amount of snow just briefly, right after they were born. But all of our other does were born later in the year.
Over the past couple of months, all of their coats have been getting thicker (especially Primrose, who looks and feels like a big cotton ball right now – even her face looks round). Leeloo is a close second to Primrose in developing her thick cashmere undercoat. Apricot (our Miniature Silky Fainting goat doe) already had a longer coat, but not quite as much of an undercoat yet (although she is developing the cutest little beard).
Our two newest arrivals, Amberle and Eretria, are still really young (just over four months now), but their coats are getting thicker every day. I still can’t get over how cute they all are, and especially right now, being so “fluffy”!
So of course, I just had to share a few pictures of our goats enjoying their first snow experience. I have to admit though, it didn’t phase them much. After their first few steps, they just took it all in stride. They didn’t seem to really notice anything was different (not like Winnie (our dog) – who was certainly a lot more excited about seeing her first snow!). However, when the sun came out, the reflection off the snow was awfully bright for the goats. Our littlest ones especially were really squinting. I wonder if they make “goat sunglasses”?
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