Settling in

Waiting for supper. Left to right: Eleganza, Dorcas, Delta, and little Edna peeking between Eleganze and Dorcas.
Waiting for supper. Left to right: Eleganza, Dorcas, Delta, and little Edna peeking between Eleganze and Dorcas.

Our new girls are very friendly so far and they are getting accustomed to being ogled by the gang from the other side of the fence while getting used to their surroundings.  It didn’t take long to see how the pecking order between them played out, either.  Dorcas has the upper hand at all times; Eleganza (the whitish doe) comes in a close second.  Of the two very laid back, smaller girls, Little Edna is bottom of the heap.  Even Delta will give her a head nudge.  But, such is life in the goat world.

Breakfast at sunrise
Breakfast at sunrise

I had worried that Edna was holding back on eating because of the pecking order, but we have so many baskets of hay around, they all have found their way to as much as they want or need.  I spent a lot of time with them today, and am chilled to the bone now (we woke up to 0F this morning).  They are doing just fine, and are licking up every bit of the kelp meal and ProBios powder that I am adding to their feed.  Good girlies!

Delta and Dorcas in the intrepid road warrior Jeep with Sam
Delta and Dorcas in the intrepid road warrior Jeep with my son Sam

I  know how stressful transport can be on any animal, and these girls are no exception (hence the addition of ProBios to their feed).  They were in a vehicle for over 4 hours, and the two in the back of my Subaru never lay down, even though they could.  If I had known them better, I would have put Delta in with Edna in my car, and let Eleganza and Dorcas have the slightly more spacious Jeep space!

Dorcas and Delta doing their relaxing in the back of the Jeep
Dorcas and Delta doing their relaxing in the back of the Jeep

But, all seems well in the land of the Guernsey girls.  I think they are doing fine, and after another few days we can let them into the larger pen, but I will still be keeping them separate from the larger group for now.  I keep wondering if Battie and Saffron recognize their friends from Ardelia!  I can hardly wait to see how they react to one another when they are all together in one pen.  Should be interesting.

 

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