Foster Nannies

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Always love picking up new skills! We’re adding ‘Foster Nanny’ to our list. The littlest quadruplet was having a real struggle making it in the barn with his siblings and another doe and her twins. He was shivering and holding up a sore leg when we came upon him this morning. I was helping with the 5:30 am shift. By the time 7:00 rolled around we realized he might need an intervention. At the noon check in there he was – his little wobbly self shivering and off in a corner on his own. So we scooped him up and he has come home with me for some TLC. Each day when I go down the road to the farm he’ll come with me and hang out with his mom and siblings – hopefully getting some of her milk too. It will keep him connected to goat behaviour and give him a goat family to return to when he gets his strength and legs under him again. Then in-between we’ll train him to bottle feed and let him grow up some with Oz as a buddy. He sure will be a sweet little dwarf ram having such socialization so young. Every day is a new adventure around here!

8 comments on “Foster Nannies”

    1. It was fascinating to watch Oz take in this new guest. He was so gentle with him and loves to pop into his box to touch noses or lays down beside him when he is out.

  1. Oh, Wendy – I just knew it!
    Hang on to him………you won’t be sorry – neither will he.
    Some relationships are just meant to be – as you learned long ago with a very special donkey.
    And if I can help in any way – please let me know!

    1. Hi Heidi. When I wasn’t sure if we could foster him I thought of you first off. But he is doing okay here. I will try to keep him connected with the other goats at the Tryons. We will not be able to take him in here. Our fences would not keep him safe enough.

  2. One last thing – genetically related billy goats are not needed/wanted on working farms – but a neutered (wethered) goat makes a wonderful companion on a farm like the one you and Ede have created.

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