April 18, 2011

New Goat Baby and a Soap Giveaway!


This is a video I took last week of one of the newest goat babies born on the farm. She was the smallest of triplets and was only a tiny 4 lbs at birth. I just weighed her today and she is now up to 11.5 lbs and growing. These are her mom's first kids and even though "Red" is proving to be a good mother she only has two teats, (some Boer goats have more than two.) That doesn't always work out the best with three pushy kids, especially when two are much bigger than the third. This little girl's two big brothers tend to push her away from her share of mom's milk.

My original plan was to pull one of the bucklings as a bottle baby and leave this doeling and the other brother on their mom. Goats don't always like to cooperate with our plans. The little doeling took right to a bottle easy as pie, but her two brothers wanted NOTHING to do with that bottle. They are two of the most stubborn kids I have ever worked with and it didn't make a lot of sense to keep messing with them when the doeling was more than willing to take a bottle right off the bat, no fuss. So for now I have left all three kids with their mother and am supplementing the doeling with a bottle 4 times a day as well. This seems to be working out very well as all are growing and seem to be doing just fine.

She is a 50% Boer doeling with spots. She is not nearly as wildly dappled as her two brothers (you can see them in the background at the very beginning of the video) but she is very sweet. Maybe in a couple years we will be able to get some nice percentage Boer kids out of her and our spotted Boer buck Frost.

Now I just need to think of a name for her! That is much easier said than done considering I am pretty much terrible at thinking of good names for the animals. I would appreciate some help with this. In fact I would so much appreciate some help with naming this new baby goat that I am going to give two bars of goat milk soap to one lucky person that offers a name suggestion for this new little addition to Shiloh Prairie Farm! My non-biased husband will draw the winner's name randomly from the names of every person that offers any name suggestion in the comments below.

Important Info about the giveaway.

1. The giveaway will be open from the time this is posted to May 9, 2011 at midnight. So you have plenty of time to think of some great names! The winner's name will be posted on this blog after May 9th, 2011.

2. The winner will be drawn randomly from entries in the comments below. To be eligible you must leave a comment below and submit a possible name for the goat baby in the video above in your first comment. (Don't worry if you can't think of any great names, the drawing is random from all entries. So you could submit "Mud" as your name suggestion and still be entered in the giveaway but remember that my husband and his quirky sense of humor does have half the vote in the name we choose...do you really want this baby goat to go through the rest of her life with "Mud" as a name??)

3. Get an extra entry by writing about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, or twitter with a link to the giveaway. (one entry for each). Just leave a separate comment below with the link to your post for each extra entry.

Prize will be two bars of homemade goat milk soap made by me and sent to the winner.

Thank you and good luck!


43 comments:

Grace said...

Tinkerbell. Daisy. Tiffany. Something girly and sweet. She is adorable and I want to hug her!

Pricilla said...

I am not entering 'cause my Abby just had two does and I can't think of names....I ran out of family members and now I'M stuck too. We should form a "can't think of goat names" club.
heh

She's darling - you could call her Clementine.
But trust me...I have plenty of goat soap.

Marnilla@wordpress.com said...

Pansy. Or Fawn - but I think I remember you already have a Fawn?

She is SOOOO adorable!

Terry Golson said...

I'm thinking Shasta Daisy. So you could call her Shiloh's Shasta Daisy. Shastas are pretty, but sturdy prairie flowers.
BTW, I read the title of your blog quickly and thought you were giving a goat away! Since I have two already, I'd much rather win the soap.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for all the suggestions so far. There is already several that would fit her really well I think.

I didn't think about the title of the post possibly being confusing. I can see how it might have been so I changed it. Hopefully it is more clear now! :)

Jennifer said...

Nope Marnilla we don't have a "Fawn" yet. :)

farmlady said...

How about CHARM?
She's a beauty. Lucky you. I wish my Nubians were little again. They were so cute. I guess I need more.
Sweet video...

goatpod2 said...

Can't really think of a name but when we named our goat kids we went with themes each year! I notice you have my old blog link in your blog roll.

My blog is private right now, if you'd like to still read it just drop me an e-mail.

Amy

Millie said...

Dottie or Millie. I personally think Millie is a good goat name. The human won't let me eat goat milk soap, though, and she's making her own soap also. But you can still name her Millie!

Alison said...

Aroha. It's the Maori word for love. :-)

Esther Garvi said...

My African name suggestion for her is Karemi, which means small. She is lovely! I have been intrigued by your goat soap for a long time now and so I will definitively be twittering, facebooking and most probably also blogging about this little girl before may 9th!!
Warm greetings from the Ishtar goats and their five kidlets,
Esther & Co

Esther Garvi said...

Facebook link is up:

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgoatsinthegarden.blogspot.com%2F2011%2F04%2Fnew-goat-baby-and-giveaway.html&h=d3713

My goat suggestion is still Karemi!
:-)

Marnax said...

How about Lucky or Bunny? I know.... weird name for a goat...

I tweeted about it here:
http://twitter.com/#!/LuckyJupitar

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Ooo...I have to go with Pricilla and say Clementine! I adore that name! AND...we could sing to her!

Pricilla is a very smart goat!

~Mimi
www.thegoatborrower.blogspot.com

Magaly Guerrero said...

The first thing that came to mind when I saw her was caramel and Milk. That sounds like a bit too much, so what about Caramelo? Which means Caramel in Spanish. I thought Amber too, but she looks so sweet sucking on her bottle that Caramelo sounds way more appropriate in my ears ;-)

She is a real beauty!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I had a light brown goat when I was growing up. My mom let me keep her because the day they were going to that horrible thing I rather not speak of, I would not stop crying (and I kind of clawed my uncle too, but we don't talk about that part) Anyway, I named her Azucar Morena (brown sugar) I just thought about that and wondered why goats bring sweet names to my mind.

I just tweeted ;-) http://twitter.com/#!/PaganCulture

Lydia said...

Since my daughter's favorite movie is the Princess bride, I'm going with Buttercup. Give her a nuzzle for me!

Becca's Dirt said...

That is so cute. She is wiggling her tail like a puppy. Her name should be Buffy. I wish I had someone to help me - I'd have some goats.

goatlady said...

I'd name her Lucy.

Flartus said...

The two that jump to mind are Layla and Bunny ('cause it's almost Easter and her floppy ears...). That's about all I've got...naming isn't one of my strong suits. (I had one cat that had three different names over its lifetime!)

Oh, and how about Zoe? I wanted to name Rosie that, but Miss Chef wouldn't let me change her name. :)

Lori Skoog said...

Adorable. I vote for Miss Muffet!

Mandy said...

I say Bambi b/c she has spots like a deer. But b/c he was a boy in the Walt Disney movie, just adjust to a girl's version Bambie, kinda like Barbie or combine to Barmbie!

Mandy said...

Bambie so it's girlish and like the deer since there's spots.
Or combine Barbie and Bambie to make Barmbie.

Hannah Elise said...

For some reason, I'm going to say you should call her "Sonora Webster". ;) If the name doesn't ring a bell, she's the main character in "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken", which is about a girl in the Depression era who is kicked out of her aunt's home and begins a journey toward becoming a "diving girl" - someone who rides horses off of a high platform into a diving pool below. It's an arduous journey, and she has grit, and she's a bit "spindly" ... it makes me think of your little doe kid. :)

Just my two cents.

Hannah Elise said...

Also, I posted the link to the giveaway on my Facebook profile, but I'm not sure how to give you a link to the actual post? Here's the link to my profile, the post is on my Wall:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=843194757

Jennifer said...

Really getting some great name suggestions! Thanks for all the help guys!

Yes Hannah I HAVE seen that movie and love it! I have it on a VCR tape, I wish my VCR worked so I could watch it again.

Anonymous said...

I am going to name my doeling, Camille, but you could use it too.
Andy

Xzy said...

I want to name it Daisy or maybe Hansel/Gretel! I want to have that Goat Milk Soap! GRRR!

pcboggs said...

Bambin - French for Tiny Tot. It is pronounced Balm-Bin. She is a very sweet goat.

The Menagerie Momma said...

You said she's 50% boer....what is the other 50%??

She's darling!! LOVE her brothers too!

How about Marmalade. That's my entry. :)

Dym's babies aren't babies anymore....they are HUGE! Love them all.

Jennifer said...

Glad to hear Dym's kids are doing well. They always have been some of the largest kids in the pasture, must be all that milk. The kid is 50 % Boer and 50% Nubian. Her father is our Nubian buck "Pepper". Thanks for stopping by!

Garbage Cinderella said...

I saw your blog and thought I'd comment since: 1) I'm very interested in making my own soap, and 2) most importantly, my son was born very tiny, too. He weighed three pounds at birth. A lot of preemie parents tend to call our cohort of little fighters Mighty Mouse. So that's what your little goat should be named: Mighty Mouse :)

Louvregirl said...

Oh my...pressure! Let's see...my 'kneejerk' name offering was "Dottie" but I see it has already been suggested above. How about "Juniper" and she can be nick named "June?"
What a way c-o-o-l contest.

Thank you for the 'chance' to win! I love (home-made) soap!

Louvregirl said...

Along with my offering of "Juniper," or "June" I just posted a link to your post.
:--)!!
louvregirl

Keith said...

She looks like a 'Posey' to me.

Lynn said...

How about Felicity? :)

Louvregirl said...

I posted before but it doesn't show up. My suggestion is :"Juniper," and she could be called June.

Also I posted a link on my blog.
louvregirl

Betsey said...

Georgia or Peaches? I have a mare named Mae. She is as sweet as a Georgia peach. If she wasn't going to be 6, I've thought about changing her name.

Jennifer said...

Hi, thanks for all the name suggestions. The time for this giveaway is closed. Will draw the winner tomorrow!

Louvregirl said...

Let's have a drum roll...
:--)

Jennifer said...

The winner is Lydia! Thank you all so much for the name suggestions! They were all great. In the end my husband and I decided to name her Zoey!

Dianne said...

I just discovered your blog on Pam's site and I'm loving the pics of the goats. We are looking for our first goats for our first herd here in the Callahan Mountains of Oregon. I'll be checking back often to see your cute pics!

Kiri said...

A boar-cross female sancho showed up outside my kitchen window almost a month ago. Have failed to locate an owner so I now have my first goat. She is doing yard work in my vegetable garden right now. It has an 8ft fence around it so she is safe at the moment. A friend insisted I name her. I chose Lawn Mower, seems fitting to me since that is the job I have for her. Now I am trying to learn everything I need to know about goat care, thus I went looking for goat blogs and newsletters.