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post #21 of 31 Old 09-09-2012, 12:41 PM
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Goats don't have top FRONT teeth, but they have very sharp teeth in the back. My goats loved sucking on my fingers, and I gave them that as a distraction at shows. Do NOT let your finger venture back to either side, though! My goat Honey bit down and I had a hole in my nail until the nail grew out!

Atti and Hazel are adorable! You could also sit in their pen and read a book to let them get known to your presence. They'll get so curious, they'll just have to come over and investigate. And eat your book :p
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post #22 of 31 Old 09-10-2012, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Good to know about the teeth! That's pretty cool. :)

I can't wait to get them introduced, face to face, with Lacey as well. I think she's looking forward to it too - she spends a lot of time with her head in their pen. Atticus is really warming up to her (probably because Hazel's a huge jerk to him - ie typical dominant doe) and I actually saw them sniff noses today! A-dor-a-ble!

Also, like you mentioned Kaylella, I've been trying to take some time each day to just sit with them and not expect much. I've been throwing hay pellets on the ground prior to sitting down so they're encouraged to come "visit" me and get food while being near me (I'm trying to stay away from too much hand feeding just because I'd prefer they don't become nibbly - probably inevitable but yknow, I can try! Haha).
Today my best friend, who apparently LOVES goats (she's been my best friend for years but I did not know that fact until I got the goats! Haha), came over and we sat together on the ground with the goats.
And you know what? Hazel actually came up to us and allowed me to pet her AND leaned into my petting! That was the first time she actually voluntarily accepted petting without any sort of force being placed in her to keep her nearby. I was thrilled. And of course the bestie, being a true bestie, took a picture.
Not my best angle but whatere', PETTING HAZEL.


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post #23 of 31 Old 09-10-2012, 02:11 PM
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oh my gosh I LOVE your goaties hehe! They warm up quick. Lol I have 2. A little pygmy doe and a Kiko Whether. They are the funnest thigns ever about 6pm, they start getting frisky and running and bucking allover the yard, jumping in the back of the truck. And then flying off of it and tearing around the yard haha. I can't wait to see lacey all together with the little furries :)


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post #24 of 31 Old 09-10-2012, 02:16 PM
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I absolutely love that the little one is named Atticus! I've been waiting for the right animal to come along for me to name Atticus, but he hasn't come along yet, haha.They're adorable!
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post #25 of 31 Old 09-19-2012, 01:01 AM
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Yay Goats! Omg, I LOVE Hazel's coat! Definitely looks like a sheepdog in disguise. Lol. My horse had a goat buddy too, and they matched! Haha. Funny because I actually had Viola, the goat, before Daisy, The Horse. Daisy looovvved HER goat. Here's a couple pics of them-
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post #26 of 31 Old 09-19-2012, 05:45 PM
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here is just a quick picture of my quirky guy Freckles. Lol he loves white bread. So I give them a couple of pieces a couple times a month. And this month I stuck them on his horns haha
He's an "inbred" goat
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post #27 of 31 Old 09-19-2012, 08:57 PM
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Wallaby, I am just curious, if you don`t mind: What are your plans for shearing Hazel's coat. I assume it keeps growing and that it has value...
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Those are great pictures guys! Thanks for sharing!!

Chevaux, yes and yes.
My current plan is to hand shear her with scissors (started yesterday, she threw a major fit so it's going to be a 2 part process - she looks like a shaved poodle wearing bell bottoms... hahaha). The "norm" for Angoras is once every six months (they grow about an inch of hair/month) so the usual is shearing in the late summer/early fall and shearing in the spring.
I'm hoping to keep her "personal" areas shorter as a general rule - maybe once a month? But I'll be letting the rest of her grow.
Her fiber does have some value but not a ton. Apparently as fiber goats age, the quality of their fiber decreases because the hair becomes coarser with each shearing. Right now her hair is, based on her age alone (there are methods of testing its quality but I don't really know how/haven't tried to test it yet), rug/craft project/etc quality.
When she was younger, since she's really well bred, her fiber would have been really soft and the kind of thing you could really get money for.
It's still soft now but it would make for itchy clothing! Lol
This shearing, I didn't bother saving any because it was super matted and just gross. Hopefully next time it'll be nicer and it won't be my first "rodeo" anymore so hopefully I'll be able to save the quality areas and maybe put it on Craigslist or something... :)

Hahaha so much information spewing! Hopefully that wasn't too much... :)

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Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat

Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat

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post #29 of 31 Old 09-19-2012, 11:29 PM
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Nope - just the right amount of info. And this, of course, leads to a request for Hazel pics now.
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post #30 of 31 Old 09-20-2012, 10:12 AM
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I wanna see a cute poodle Hazel! <3 I love goats, and I want wait seeing more pictures of Hazel and Atticus. They are just too adorable :)


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