Writing from Virginia

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Hi everyone!! I'm on my sister's new Dell in Virginia. I took a moment to say hi because I had a question about the baby goat I had to bring down with me. All but one of the goats had the babies but I wasn't sure when she was bred and she was also a pro so I didn't mind leaving her. Anyway, one mom had triplets and the runt would have died if I left her behind. As it turns out, everyone here that sees her wants her but they don't know about goats and I thing she is still to weak to leave. (she has constpation right now)

Family reunion is going great so far. (other then being stuck in traffic for two hours and arriving in the dark. No street lights here. Couldn't even see the turnoffs it was so dark) They didn't tell my brother that we were coming so her was really surprised. My Dad kept saying how nice it was to have the family together. We had dinner there then watched home movies. Tonight we are going to watch my two sisters since we watched my brother and me last night. (I was such a cute kid :)

Tonight it is perogies and kielbisa...yumm

Talk to you all soon

-- Anonymous, April 14, 2003


Sounds like your reunion is unusual. No blows are thrown yet? Anyboby motion sick from the home movies? Ha! ha!...Have fun Dee!!! .....Kirk

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

I know nothing about goats (except that I don't want one), sorry.

But it's nice to hear from you! :-)

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

You'll be the topic of conversation for years in your family Dee. I can hear them now..."Remember the year that Dee brought the goat to the family reunion?" :)

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

Sounds like a wonderful time, Dee! You're so lucky to be able to get your family all together. In these days, families usually live so far apart and it's hard to get everyone's work schedual to "jive"!!

If I were you, I'd go with my gut instinct with the baby goat. If you think that someone there can give her the attention and 'round the clock care she'll need for a few weeks, then don't worry about leaving her. It's not much different than taking care of any baby mammal. The biggest thing is to never overfeed them!!

Have a SAFE trip home!!!!

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

What a hoot that you brought the goat with you! Such fun!

What exactly is your question, Dee? What are you feedin the little thing?

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

EM...I was kinda wondering if Dee put the "kid" in a car seat :-)!!??

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

LOL! How cute would that be? But it would be hard not to hold the sweet little thing the whole way (until it pees on ya anyway).

How I miss the baby critters...........

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

It wasn't a BIG family reunion. Immediate family. Just my parents, brother with his son, sister with her girls, my other sister and myself. My parents have 6 acres so my father can hunt. My sister has 6 acres around the corner with mini horses, chickens and ducks. So the goat wasn't really that much different.

My sister and husband wanted the kid but I didn't feel comfortable leaving it. They have a tendency to get something, keep it for a little while, then give it away. I also told her husband that the kid needed to be fed at a certain time and he said he wasn't going to feed it. I had to keep telling the neices to hold the bottle with the nipple down and the youngest not to be so rough. My sister also has a "full plate" so really didn't need more.

I did come home to a dead baby. My husband is so upset because he said he was fine around 2 o'clock. I had told him yesterday to open up all the fencing and let them all run together but he thought it would be better if they stayed separate. He did say that one goat knocked over the fence and was walking on it. What we think may have happened was that he got hurt under that fence or by another goat and died. I should have stayed home.

On a good note, the little baby is doing well. I'm gonna try to see if I can get the mom that lost that baby to take the little one. She is used to the one getting locked up at night so if I cover the little one in her urine, maybe it will work. If not, someone is gonna need a bath big time.

EM, she hadn't pooped for a while and I wasn't sure what to do. I'm feeding her regular cow milk with some probios in it. For what I read on the Dairygoat forum, that was better then the replacers that can make them scour. She seems to be doing really well on it. I had to feed her 5x's a day because she was so weak. She runs and jumps now.

I shouldn't have gone...

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2003

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