Meet Baby Moo! She and Emma lived at the same farm but for several reasons, her owners decided she would not be a good candidate for motherhood. Since they are in the breeding and selling side of goats and other small livestock, they felt Baby Moo needed to be relocated. That’s where I come in – I love taking in animals that need a new home. I know you’re all wondering why her name is Baby Moo – her previous owners purchased her and her mother a number of years ago and she arrived with this name. I would never consider changing it because she knows her name and she answers to it. Really, she’s a pet that was living away from the livestock operation and she was lonely so now she lives with us.
Whenever you move a new animal into an existing group of animals, (did you know a group of goats is called a “trip”?) the pecking order changes. In my trip of goats, Betsy is probably near the bottom so who better than to become aggressive to the new girl in town than Betsy? Since it’s still chilly, the barn is not as open as it will be soon and the goats have a little door with flaps to enter their pen and go outside. Baby Moo found the door to get out but of course, Betsy and Charlene decided they wouldn’t let Baby Moo back in at night. So I’m back and forth to the barn many times to open another door and try to coax BM into a pen adjacent to the resident trip which consists of Buckwheat, Alfalfa, Rosie, Charlene and Betsy. It doesn’t get dark until quite late and nobody wants to go to sleep until dark so there I am sneaking around the corner with my flashlight, trying to see if BM has been able to get into her private pen so I can shut the gate. Oh my! If I don’t let her in her private pen and then shut the gate, they’ll chase her outside through the little door with flaps and then probably won’t let her back in again. This is all new to Baby Moo and I don’t want her to be afraid or cold or ignored so I do everything in my power to take care of her. When it warms up, the big door can be open and then everybody can come and go as they please.
Yesterday was so cold and today is so windy that I left BM in her pen with her outside door open which works good because then they’re next to each other through a wire wall and gate and they can continue to get acquainted. I know I worry about this too much and yes, I suppose they’ll all be OK eventually but animals can be so mean to each other and I hate that.
You can meet Baby Moo outside this summer when you visit the farm!
Two weeks ago we sent out Farm News showing Deano helping at the computer. One of our readers sent us this response: As I was reading today’s Farm News, Squeak, Millie’s twin, decided to help, too. Can you see Deano in the background? Funny.