Fortunately, Patrick and Joe got things under control. They extended the weaning process a couple of days and everything returned to normal. The girls took to the grain and hay like champs, and when we returned our little ‘kids’ were no more – we came home to full blown adolescent ruminants.
We also came home to three distinct personalities. It looks like Gemma, the brown sable, has taken on the role of ‘queen’, is quite inquisitive, and will often stand her ground to a perceived threat while the other two run inside.
We are also picking up on distinct characteristics in the breeds. The Sable, Gemma, is quite, calm and confidant, typical of the Saanen breed from which Sables originate. The Nubians, Thelma and Louise, although very friendly and personable, can be a bit skittish and noisy. Maybe this is why they are often referred to as ‘neurotic Nubians.’