Meet the Goats
We currently have 30 goats in the herd.
Dizzy is almost 2 years old and an Oberhasli/Saanen cross. When we first
met Dizzy, we had big plans for him to become our first pack goat. Unfortunately however, when he was 3 months old, my herd queen head butted him way too hard and injured his spine. Because of this injury, he can no longer walk in a straight line, and he will not be able to carry a pack for us.
Lucky for him, he is super personable and has won a place in the herd as a freeloader. We have lots of those.
Dizzy enjoys taking charge, especially at the hay feeder, where you will find him head butting the other goats until he is the only one snacking. Silly Dizzy! He’s a big, super sweet, cuddly teddy bear that loves scratches behind his ears.
Read Dizzy's Goem: 'Dizzy'
Babs was the first matriarch of our herd. She gave us lots of beautiful girls over the years and tons of milk for soap making!! She helped us get our feet wet, teaching us so much about how to care for goats. We’ve had lots of memorable experiences with her over the years, and over half of our herd has her genetics. Even though she never went on a hike, Babs was always a leader. Here’s to Babs, our little lovable trail blazer!
Margarita was born on Cinco de Mayo almost three years ago, hence her name. She is one of our most vocal goats, usually the first one to say hello in the morning. One thing she is known for, is making some good-looking kids. She just had her second set of twins, last month and they are incredibly cute!
A couple of things that sets Margarita apart from the others are, her sweet, floppy ears, her slight head tilt and sideways gait, which is especially cute when she’s running. That rumen, aka stomach, of hers is always filled and jiggling when she’s trotting in to feed her babies in the late afternoon.
Here’s to Margarita, our beautiful baby maker!
Cleo is 4 years old and full of attitude. She is an attentive mother and is usually covered in dirt from letting her kids jump all over her like a trampoline. She may be sweet to her kids, but she doesn’t put up with any nonsense from the other goats or any of the dogs.
As the biggest girl on the farm, she usually gets her way, especially around the hay buckets! She loves banana peels and back rubs, so be prepared if you come pay her a visit.
Baby Queen, aka Khaleesi is one of the most spoiled and attention hungry goats on the farm. She was in the first group that trained to be pack goats, and she loves hiking. And snacking. In fact, when we take her for a hike, for the first 20 mins she has to snack nonstop before we can even attempt the trail.
Baby queen shares a birthday with Heather on March 22, and has had 3 beautiful, bouncing, baby goats. Sometimes she eats so much in the summer that her stomach swells and she looks like a triangle from above.
At first we were not planning on keeping Rain Boots. His size was promising, but his attitude was a little too timid and skittish. Fortunately for all of us, he has warmed up to humans and now has a place on our team. He is not yet the largest goat in our herd, but he is well on his way. Still slightly skittish at first, once he feels comfortable around you, Rain Boots can be super affectionate. Easy big fella!
Holiday is one of our most loving goats. Whether she is mothering her babies (always born at or around Valentine’s Day) or nuzzling her humans, she is always affectionate. And for a 2 year old,
she has grown an impressive goatee. Her kids are always as sweet as she is, which is why we chose Holiday to be July’s goat of the month.
Sox is such a trouble maker. We sold her to a friend. She got out so many times, and taught her goats so many bad habits, that our friend sold Sox back to us. So in honor of her wicked ways, and
to welcome her back home, Sox is our August goat of the month.
Meet Elvis. He is the only intact buck on the farm. All the does think he is a real hunka hunka burnin’ love. His favorite bumper sticker reads, “In spring I strut, in fall I rut.” And it’s fall, y’all. He has a special cologne that he uses to lure in the ladies, and this time of year he is ripe. So be
thankful that we do not make a soap with his special scent, and tune in early next year during kidding season to see how good of a job he did.
Named for Mary Todd Lincoln, Todd was born on President's Day in 2020. We tried something new with Todd, and let him keep his boy parts longer than we usually do. We wanted to see if we could get him bigger than our pack goats usually get. We succeeded. At 8 months old, he is the same size as goats who are a year older. But he is as sweet as any of the little babies. And one cool side effect of our experiment is his superb goatee.
Last month this goat was named Marvin. Marvin got sick and it got worse fast. We didn’t think he was going to make it. But he is a determined young caprine. It took a lot of effort from Heather
and a lot of willpower from the goat, but he got better. In honor of his resolve, determination, and general fighting spirit, we renamed him Winston. His namesake said, “Success is never found.
Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.” True for goats and Englishmen.
Her given name is Chiquita, because of her small stature at birth. But don’t be fooled by her size, Banana has the heart and attitude of the biggest goat in the herd. She was picked on as a kid, so when the next year’s kids were born, she turned into a terrific bully. She always fights for her fodder, and won’t be pushed around by anybody.
Although she is tough, Banana has shown great tenderness with her first kid, Margot. She is always talking to her and looking for her, especially when Margot is hiding underneath the hay feeder. She loves her little daughter so much that yesterday they went on a big adventure, exploring the neighbor's acres through a previously undetected break in the fence.
Ziggy started out as a house goat. He had a pretty rough beginning in life. He wouldn’t eat after he was born, so we got to learn how to tube feed a goat. And only two days after he was born, his mother died suddenly. Which means we got to be his primary caretakers and feeders for the next 3 months. Being a house goat certainly gave Zigs a strong attachment to us humans. Sometimes he tries to follow us home when we go visit the herd in the afternoon. Even if he doesn't come inside anymore, he sure is spoiled. Just like the rest of them.
Marley is adorable. She is stout and chunky, but curious and energetic as well. She bounces around during the day, always trying to get Ziggy to play with her. She loves to fall asleep under things in dark, warm spots like under the feeder or in the doghouse. She and Ziggy are learning all about how to be goats: eating grass, keeping up with the herd, and causing trouble! Marley sometimes has to wear the "Stick of Shame" across her horns. This keeps her from getting her head stuck in fences, a lamentable practice at which she excels. Even though she can't seem to stay out of trouble, Marley is one of our favorites.