After months of thinking Oprah would give birth any day (and listening to Nathan say "I'm sure it will be tomorrow..or the next day..."), we woke up Thursday morning to these little faces!
Boy above, girl (with interesting markings!) below. They have super model long legs and are bouncing around like they're on stilts!
Here is super pregnant Oprah just before lambing. She sure was uncomfortable!
Wait, what is that little animal in the photo above??
That's Pip(squeak)! She's an 8 week old Nigerian Dwarf Goat. She's about 10 lbs right and maybe 12" tall, and will only be 18-20" tall full grown.
She is the funniest animal we have had on the farm yet, hands down. She follows us into the house and plays on the couches like they're mini-mountains.
Pippa also thinks she's a dog. Abby doesn't want much to do with her, and runs by her snarling (typical), Ryan sniffs her all over and licks her with his eyes bugging out (also typical) and Zoey is just...sweet.
She follows us everywhere and then hangs out where we're working, eating grass and bits of forage.
Can't take your eyes off of a baby goat, not even for a second!
My mom visited this weekend with her sidekick. Lucy was *not impressed* with the house goat.
Pippa does have a purpose, though, other than being extremely and ridiculously funny and cute. We're hoping that she can eventually be a companion for Thomas...which brings me to the hard and sad decision. We've decided that we should find a different home for Maggie and May. Unfortunately, our rented farm was great for them (they were always out loose eating all the blackberries, etc.), but this farm is just too small for 2 large pet goats (they weigh 4 times more than Pippa will full-grown). We don't have any pastures with any forage at all, and we are so short on grass that we really need to focus on the sheep operation that we have going on. We're only going to part with them if a good home comes along.
Why can't the animals stay off the roof??
Pretty PIA (no longer suits her name now that she actually sleeps in the coop instead of trying to roost in a tree every night!).
We now have gravity irrigation almost done to our garden and front blueberry beds. I think we have 15 raspberry canes, 20 blueberries and a few other types of berries to try. We also bought a mixed plum tree with 5 types grafted together. Yum! Oh, and 2 fig trees. It's hard not to go crazy in the garden when it warms up outside!
Front yard looking better now - with our poor man's (I mean...creative farmer's) pallet deck!