All of the winter kids are now over a week old. Their mothers want to go out to pasture with the herd. The goat kids try to go out with them.
Normally I won’t let kids go out when they are so young. They tend to get lost.
Winter changes things. The goats go out later in the day. The herd comes in earlier. They don’t go all over, but stay in nearby fields.
Noon is soon enough to open the pasture gate. The frost is off the grass. The kids are sleeping – or were sleeping.
I start off toward the gate to a chorus of yelling. Every mother goat is calling her kids. They are hungry and come running.
The herd delays while the kids nurse. The does are now ready to depart. The kids are ready to play.
Finally the does go out the gate. Mothers are still calling their kids who seem to be ignoring them. Until they don’t.
The does go out through a gate to the small pasture, turn left and go out the pasture gate. The kids don’t know about this. They race down to the corner of the barn lot into the cattle panels.
Panels will stop adult goats. Goat kids try to go out with their mothers by climbing through the panel holes. I can let them go or go chasing after them snagging them one or two at a time. I let them go.
The herd crosses the bridge. The kids stop to inspect this new object. The herd leaves except for Juliette who will not leave her kids behind.
The kids notice they are left. Juliette takes them back to the barn lot. The kids climb back in through the fence. Juliette comes in through the gate. All return to the barn.
The goat kids will try to go out some other day.
Goats and their antics are highlighted through stories and tongue twisters in “For Love of Goats“.