I cannot tell you how many messages I get from you guys asking for more goat posts. It is seriously crazy. I mean I totally get it, they are hilarious and cute and full of personality…so of course I will comply.
We currently have 4 stud billy goats on the farm (meaning they haven’t been castrated) and each one of them has their own special story, likes, dislikes, and identifiable traits. Let me introduce…
Origin of Name: His coloring is a combination of white, black, grey, and brown. As a kid, the white was in little splotches all over him, resembling sparkles, according to my mom.
Nickname: The Geepmeister
Origin of Nickname: Geeps are the product of a goat and a sheep mating. Similar to mules they can’t reproduce.Although we have not actually had a Geep born, we have observed that Sparkles has made many attempts to create one of these…
Birth and Life: Sparkles was born on our Aldergrove property and his father was Weird Willy, the billy goat we had on the farm for a little while. Fitting that he has some unusual preferences (More info on Weird Willy here: http://www.offgridchick.com/2014/02/28/epic-goat-saga-part-2/ ). Sparkles is a pure-bred Nubian.
Origin of Name: Similar to the Lord of the Rings character, Strider is the quiet, strong, noble type. He was also born with extremely long legs, allowing him to take long strides.
Nickname: He is too lovely for a crude nickname, obviously.
Birth and Life: Strider was one of the kids that was born after Ian’s fatal mistake last summer ( More info on that incident here: http://www.offgridchick.com/2014/03/03/the-epic-goat-saga-part-3/ ). Strider is half Nubian and half Alpine.
Origin of Name: When Stewart was a kid, he was full of angst. When I would play with the kids, he would be very social with you initially and then proceed to head-butt you, without provocation! Because of his terrible behaviour, we began to call him Stew-Art-Thou, which was eventually shortened to Stewart. Thankfully,he has calmed down significantly.
Nickname: Hipster Goat
Origin of Nickname: He has a tuft of curly hair on the front of his face that looks as if it has been meticulously styled each morning. Out of all the goats, he is by far the trendiest.
Birth and Life: He is also the product of Ian’s mistake. I imagine that he is going to become the most valued stud as he is the most *cough well endowed cough* billy goat. Stewart is also half Nubian and half Alpine.
Look at that hair
Origin of Name: When we purchased George and his sister Georgina, they were the funniest little pair and we wanted them to have names that went together. The first suggestion was Jack and Jill but since we have a lab named Jack, we had to figure out something else. George and Georgina seemed fitting.
Origin of Nickname: George may be the largest billy goat but he is definitely the wimpiest. He looks like a prince among the other goats but cowers in the face of fear.
Birth and Life: George and his sister were born on another farm before we purchased them. They were raised on our property in Langley before we moved to Aldergrove and then to Sorrento. He is currently the oldest billy goat we own as well. Also the smelliest…George is half Nubian, half Boer.
Normally, all of these boys get along just fine. They are generally well-mannered. However, when the females are in heat and they are being kept separately, things like this happen:
This once had four walls.
Nicely done boys.
Sheesh. Gotta love ’em.