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Farm Note 11: The Babies are Here!

As soon as I finished hitting publish on my last post (and running around like a fool, making breakfast and doing all the things to prepare a family of 5 for a full day of school and work), I went out to feed animals for the morning and found Coco in her hut with two fuzzy little babies! She kidded early Monday morning, and by the time I found them, the kids were clean, dry, and standing on their own.

After a  frenzy of “Aaahhh! Babies goaties are here!” and “Oh my gosh, what do we do?” I gave them their Nutridrench and Probios, and then we got to snuggle! All farm babies are adorable, but Nigerian Dwarf kids take the cake because they’re tiny, too. About the size of medium cats, but with flappier ears and fewer claws, they wobble around on their knobby little legs and bleat for their mommas in these tiny little voices that almost sound like meows.

Everyone needs a baby goat in their life. *sigh*

We spent most of Monday and Tuesday snuggling baby goats and making sure Coco was nursing well and Hank wasn’t being a bully. They were a blissful two days. And those goats are so much fun! They’re growing so quickly! By Wednesday, they were running around like caffeinated toddlers with lollipops, tearing around at top speed, jumping over anything in their way, crashing into each other, and falling over their own feet. Ok, so maybe more like caffeinated drunk toddlers. Whatever.

For baby goat pictures and videos, follow us on Facebook or Insta, or if you’re in the Cedar Rapids area, stop on in. We’ll have an opening on the baby goat snuggling team!

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