It’s been just over a month since we got the new goats, and we finally brought the new doelings in to meet the “herd”.
Following good herd management practices, we have kept the new doelings separated from the rest of the goats (just to make sure everyone was healthy). They have all been doing great, so we decided it was time to bring all of the goats together (and of course take a bunch of pictures of the visit)!
Their first introduction went really well. The boys (Jeff and our son) carried over the new girls (Amberle and Eretria). Our older does – Leeloo, Primrose and Apricot – were all in the barn eating at the time, so it took them a few minutes to notice their “company”.
Primrose was definitely the most aggressive. She gave Amberle a few head butts in the barn, however, it was quite interesting to see Amberle’s reaction – she stood her ground and head-butted right back!
We spent about an hour or so with them during this initial visit. They ran around outside together, chasing both us and each other. It was so much fun to see them interact! Lots of standing up and head-butting (although Leeloo was a lot more gentle with the doelings than Primrose was). It is amazing the size difference between the new doelings and the other girls, even though they are only four months apart in age.
We are continuing the supervised “visits” for the next several days, before leaving them all alone together. Other than Apricot starting to bite the new doelings’ ears (don’t know why she is doing that?), the visits have been going really well. We are going through a cold snap right now, so looking forward to when they are all together and can keep each other warm(er).
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