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P.O. Box 190
Fly Creek, NY 13337

Oh Boy (s)! Come Play with Our Baby Goats

New Goats on the Farm


Yesterday afternoon Olga gave birth to two little bucklings.  The birth was flawless and could not have gone any better. Both boys are nursing and happy. And did I say adorable !  These boys are among the lucky males to be born as cashmere goats, prized for their fiber, not meat. I can’t help but be amazed by the mother- kid  bonding that starts to occur immediately after birth. First the licking, than soft quiet nahing  and eventually nursing. There is constant communication and trust  developed in those first few minutes. It’s a beautiful interaction to watch unfold  in front of your eyes.

According to Wikipedia animal bonding is ” a relationship that usually begins at the time of birth between a parent and offspring and that establishes the basis for an ongoing mutual attachment.” As much time as I spend with these new little kids they will never have the bond with me the way they have with their mothers. They look to their mothers for all their needs.

goatsOn the flip side of all this bonding time is the reality that our boys needs to be socialized . This can only happen if they have an opportunity to interact with people as much as possible. Anyone who has played with baby goats knows how entertaining it can be.  We would be more than glad to throw down a quilt in the pasture and have you sit and play with our boys !  Just message us on Facebook at Hulse Hill Farm  to set up a time !

Our Farm Family is Growing !

Our Farm Family continues to grow!

We welcomed a new buckling on the farm early Saturday morning.  I earned my goat stripes with this little guy. No name yet and we would love suggestions that start with the letter “G”since his mom is named Gwen. Little “G” man  didn’t nurse or get up for the first two hours after birth. Not a normal behavior. So attempted bottle feeding and  nudging  did get some colostrum in him. By 3:30 am it was time for everyone to sleep.  Early morning  I found two dead fetuses that had developed until the third or early four month. According to the wonderful vet that made an emergency visit  Saturday night it looks like there was an infection noted in the color of the placenta. Little “G” man is lucky to have made it . The good news is that he is making steady gains, nursing (thank goodness) and starting to jump around. He is absolutely the cutest creature on earth. Ok , that’s the mom in me speaking. However it’s true.   As a perk to my emergency vet visit (and  bill!) we had an ultrasound done on Olga and saw two  pitter pattering heart beats. Looks like two more weeks for her delivery. As sad a the loss of these potential kids I am always amazed how mother nature leads the way.  Acceptance and moving on to what needs to be done are lessons  that farm life can teach us.  In the meantime little “G” man would love to have visitors  who would  like to hold him and sit to  play with him since he has no brothers or sisters .