It’s been three years since we brought Lady Fairlight and Blackberry home with us on the bus (read New Kids on the Block). Yeah, you read right – baby goats on a bus!
They’ve certainly earned their stay here on the urban homestead offering us countless hours of entertainment, loyal companionship and are the best composting systems (along with their poultry and wriggler counterparts) Actually animals are a vital part and element when it comes to homesteading in the city and we’ve certianly learned a lot since we started keeping citified farm animals back in 2002 when we first got a batch of baby chicks.
However, I know seeing our cutie pies may tempt you to go out and get your own. But wait! Before jumping into small stockholding you need to do a lot of research. In fact before we purchased our goats Jordanne spent about 6 months reading about housing, caring and raising goats. Taking on such animals is a serious undertaking and you’ll need to weigh ALL the factors that come with raising animals especially when it comes down to sick animals. Living in the city you may be the only person able to treat your animals.
One thing that I find most people don’t quite understand – if you want milk from the goats you’ll need to bred them and that means you have to deal with heat issues, mating, pregnancy and finding really, really good homes for the baby kids (that is if you don’t have the room) It’s funny how many people don’t realize that about milk production and when you tell them, they get this strange sorta look on their face as if they’ve finally realized that the milk they get in the store has consequences.
Over the years we’ve touched on raising goats here at LHITC and you can browse thru the posts so I won’t repeat what’s already been writ!
Here’s some goat photos snapped this week. Enjoy.
Lady Fairlight likes to sit on laps. Here she is trying to sit on Jordanne’s one morning.
When we let the goats out Lady Fairlight likes to park herself at the backdoor – like some sort of guard goat. Actually goats are pretty darn smart and I think she know that if we walk over her enough we’ll end up letting her in to her favorite place here on the urban homestead – the kitchen!
Blackberry with her head in the feed bag
Goats out for their weekly walk
On the ride home Lady Fairlight checks to see if we are home yet.