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Accidentally getting more goats 
22nd-Dec-2014 04:28 pm
So. Umm. Ok. I guess I should expect two (free) girl goats to show up at the farm sometime in the next few weeks. One is tan and one is grey, and they both originate from a farm south of us. Oh, and they are both likely to be pregnant.

A few weeks ago, I responded to an email that was sent out to the farm/fiber group out near my house from an acquaintance who is wanting to get rid of a few of her goats. Apparently that "tell me more?" note of general curiosity from me morphed into her email response today, letting me know that she would deliver them as soon as her trailer was available.

::this is my confused face:: I guess my email to her that said "if W doesn't want them, I'd like to know more about them." was truncated to "I'd like them." I'm not particularly upset about that confusion. I'm greedy about goats. I admit it. So rather than back up or back out, I confirmed that I would be willing/interested to take the two girl goats at her convenience to deliver. (Note that I did manage to put my foot down regarding yet another boy goat.)

I hope they are healthy and happy goats. Taking goats sight-unseen is sometimes risky. Though, to be fair, this person uses the same vet service that I've been using, so I have some feeling of security regarding the "healthy" part. And I've been to her farm, with the gorgeous barn and long grassy hillsides, so these goats aren't just appearing out of the mist.

It's another adventure in goating!


It's worth noting that this kind of email is a typical winter thing, in my experience. Every year, I get a small handful of general-interest emails from people trying to lower head count before the snow comes down and hay costs go up. In fact, that's how I got Jessie and Goldie (pregnant with babies Aerin and Loki) back so many years ago. The "free" part is not so normal for girl-goats, though, and the free-with-free-delivery is shockingly generous. Being a fair person, I did offer her fleeces or roving as a partial payment anyway.
23rd-Dec-2014 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh! Hope they're healthy and friendly with the other girls.
23rd-Dec-2014 02:29 pm (UTC)
Me too! Even if they aren't friendly, they are old enough (so assumed big enough) that the little girls will have to tolerate them or get thwacked.

The healthy part is always a toss-up, but I'm reasonably confident about it due to 1) knowing the farm and 2) knowing their vet.
23rd-Dec-2014 01:20 pm (UTC)
Something tells me that mix up was wishful thinking on her part, but I hope you enjoy the new additions!
23rd-Dec-2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
When I talked to her directly yesterday, she said that they nearly went to auction but she couldn't bear doing it. So yes, I think it was the power of positive thinking on her part. "If I wish it hard enough, it will happen." And so, two thirds of her wishful thinking will come true...
23rd-Dec-2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
LOL! I like how you accidentally acquired some pregnant goats! Teehee!
6th-Jan-2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It's a problem like that. ::grin:: But hey, at least I provide amusement for other people. I was amazed at how many people who don't know me knew about my surprise goats when I was circulating at the NYE party.
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