Donning my snow pants, parka and grappling with putting cleats on my boots; slinging my camera around my shoulder and calling my dog Buddy to join me, we headed down to the barn. I had some lettuce and oatmeal for the chickens but decided to share the lettuce with the brave goats that would come to the fence. They are leary of Buddy and won't venture out too far UNLESS one brings treats! In this case lettuce trumped fear of the dog as they all scrambled to grab a bite. Pretty cute.
When kids are born, they stay with their mom 24 hours a day for 5 days. Separation Day is on day six. Mom's are allowed to return to the herd in the morning and the kids are left in the pen, which contains a "hot box" so they can huddle and keep warm. Mom's are returned to their kids after the evening milking and stay until the cycle repeats in the morning. Separation day seems to be much, much harder on the moms than the kids. Moms bawl and bawl, standing close by - keeping an eye on their little ones. All part of the beautiful process of raising goats!