A couple of years ago I saw an ad on Craig’s List from someone getting rid of a bunch of Boer goats. We had never added any goats to our small herd other than a few bought from a close friend, and those born on our farm. But I wanted some more genetic diversity so I decided to go have a look at these.
It was nearly dark when Peyton and I got to the farm. It turned out that the seller was a teenage boy who was moving. He said he only had two goats left.
Honestly, I didn’t look the goats over carefully. I could tell they were thin, but I wanted to buy them and it was practically dark. So I struck a deal, loaded them into the back of my truck and returned home.
Cherie nearly had a fit when she saw them. In the clear light of day, and with a nearly irate Cherie pointing it out, I saw that these two goats were dangerously emaciated. They were as skinny as goats that size can probably be while still alive. Cherie pointed out that they might bring whatever illness they had to our other goats. I felt really stupid for having bought them. So I said not to worry. I said we’d just keep them separate from the rest of the herd until the next market day, then I’d sell them. Cherie wasn’t having any of that, however. She was determined to get them healthy.
That wasn’t easy. We wormed them and treated their diarrhea. We keep them fed and began the slow process of getting them well. As someone at homesteadingtoday.com told me, “However long it took to starve them down to that size is how long it’s going to taken to fatten them back up.”
Despite the fact that they were so sick and skinny, Judy and Sheena (their White Flint names) were the tamest goats we’d ever seen. Both loved to be petted, and they had absolutely no fear of humans. However badly they’d been cared for nutritionally, they had clearly been otherwise well-treated.
After about a year of rehabilitation, I finally felt comfortable putting them in with Johnny, our buck. He never seemed very interested in them, and I wondered if they were beyond breeding age.
That question was answered two days ago when both of them gave birth to twin does. The kids are healthy, happy and friendly. The photo above is Cherie holding all four of them yesterday.
Judy and Sheena are among the best White Flint success stories we’ve had.