Squeaky

The kid we call Squeaky arrived here under mysterious circumstances.  I found him in a barn stall one morning.  He was a big healthy-looking kid who seemed to be about one day old.  He was crying for his mother, but it seemed to me that he’d eaten before.

I checked all the likely candidates and could find no goat that had just given birth.  I carried him around the herd and no one claimed him and he didn’t behave as if he knew any of them.  Strange.

After about a day no one had claimed him, so we decided to start bottle feeding him. He had yelled himself hoarse so Cherie named him Squeaky.

Shortly after his mysterious arrival

Shortly after his mysterious arrival

He took to the bottle right away

He took to the bottle right away

Now, about a month later, he is a big spoiled rascal.  He lets out piercing screams anytime he sees one of us and has no regard for the electric fence (even though I’ve seen it knock him flat).

Of all the bottle-babies we’ve had, he’s the easiest to feed. He can chug down a bottle of milk in a flash.

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Sometimes he comes through the fence to follow me around while I do my chores.

Following me as I do chores.

Following me as I do chores.

A week later he's still tagging along

A week later he’s still tagging along

It’s a pity I don’t have a video of what happens when he follows me into the chicken coop when I go in to collect eggs.  Having never had a goat on the premises, the chickens panic and freak out.  Squeaky tries to climb up onto their feed barrel, but finds the birds uninteresting.

The last storm took down a big dead sweet gum tree in the pasture and I’ve been cutting it up for firewood.  Squeaky finds my work fascinating.

He makes it hard to work with a chainsaw

He makes it hard to work with a chainsaw

He likes eating the sawdust.   Goats.

He likes eating the sawdust.
Goats.

He’s quite a character.

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16 comments on “Squeaky

  1. Ooooh, what a sweet, mysterious stranger … I think I’m in love.

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  2. Leigh says:

    Now that is an interesting post! Mysterious indeed, but oh, so cute! For everything else they’re good for, goats do make good pets.

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  3. El Guapo says:

    Did the other goats accept him?

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  4. Buffy says:

    He is super cute!

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  5. Eumaeus says:

    that’s a good looking goat. we miss our ‘follow us around’s … tis the season to be followed around.

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  6. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, very strange that a kid would show up without a mama. You must have had a pregnant doe that you didn’t know about. Now you have a pet that follows you around much like a dog. I don’t think that’s unusual for orphan bottle fed animals to attach to the person that feeds them. He certainly is a cute little guy. Hopefully, he will be a great addition to your tribe of goats.

    Have a great day with the kids.

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    • Bill says:

      We’re sure he has a mama. We just don’t understand why none of them showed signs of having kidding (it’s usually very obvious) and why he didn’t follow one of them around (as kids in our experience always do). That’s why it seems so strange to us. If he was rejected, as seems fairly certain, that’s a very bad sign. We’ve never had a rejected kid survive long-term, no matter how healthy they seemed. The mothers have an uncanny ability to know if a kid has a health problem and they do not bother to feed kids that do. We’re hoping Squeaky proves to be an exception. It’s possible that the mother was physically unable to feed him for some reason, or just has mental issues. Anyway, so far so good.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    Isn’t he a sweetie? I love that he follows you. Just tell him to stay away from the machinery.

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    • Bill says:

      He’s bad for wanting to stick his nose between the hoof trimmers and the goat hooves. He likewise has no fear of chainsaws, tractor tires, etc. I’m constantly having to push him away or lock him a stall to do a chore.

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  8. Steve says:

    Beware the cute goat.

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