Gemma loves posing for the camera
When we left for vacation, we had just finished weaning the three kids. Our concern was that it might have been too soon and that they were not ready for solid food. In fact, Gemma had thrown us a scare by displaying diarrhea the day we were leaving. Diarrhea presents a dilemma with goats because you never know if it’s caused by illness or something in their diet … in either case it can cause a kid to go down quickly.
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.
Louise is, in a word, loud. She seems a bit shy at first, and often stands back while the other two jump up for a petting or a handful of grain. But step away from her and close the gate and one would think a goat was being slaughtered. She doesn’t have a bleat or a ‘baaa’, she just lets out a piercing noise that sounds like a screaming child. We have to wait until a decent hour in the morning to let her out of the pen just to stay on friendly terms with our neighbors.
Thelma, the darker of the two nubians, loves attention. She is the first to the gate to accept whatever hand will pet her. She is the smallest of the three, and still tries to be a lap-goat if you give her the chance.
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.’