Todays been a very big day, as well as yesterday, with getting everything set up. Ideally we'd like to keep everyone (the goats) together, but establishing the pecking order is taking a bit longer than I thought it would. Nephi and Roger and really duking it out and since Nephi's horns are more erect than Roger's curved ones, Roger is getting his right horn bloodied a bit (still, Roger won't let up). Also, today we just castrated the two little boys with the Elastrator, so they're quite uncomfortable at the moment! Considering these two problems, we've bought a 10x10 chain linked fence (for dogs originally), and put that up to separate them at night, and give Nephi and Sam a place to coop with the pain of castration. I don't believe in dehorning, but I'm all for neutering. The process was quite easy, and Scott and I together handled it and got it done right then and there an hour ago. I'm an animal lover too, so trust me when I say it's easy and not that traumatizing. The only thing I didn't like was the position I had to hold them in. It was simple and quick, and now the boys are laying in the hay, quite sore (in a bit it will go numb and tomorrow they won't even realize they still have a scrotum attached!). If you'd like to see how a rubber band neutering is done (not traumatizing at all, except guys might find the concept disturbing),
go here! ---> How to Castrate a Male Goat Using an Elastrator (Banding) ).
So, now that I've completely disturbed your mind (though there really no reason to be disturbed), you can look at the sweet photo of George and the cute Nigerian Goats beside him, in the photo below! George is just loving having goats, and as he get's older, he will be taking care of them as part of his homeschooling and 4-H Program. Right now, George is already helping to hand them hay (as best as a 2 year old can!) and is doing very well with not chasing them, and petting them very gently. I'm so proud of him! Emilie has done very well herself with enduring nibbles they give her on her clothes! I know the kids will fall more and more in love with them as they grow, and will do great with learning about and helping them too. :)