Ali went to her new home Sunday. It was rather bittersweet. Ali's a sweet doe, but very dominant, and much more aggressive than my Saanens. And when I wanted everyone out on grass, she still wanted to be in the barn eating hay. So, not a good match.
Her new owners came to take
her home. They had a van with several bales of hay surrounding a deep
bed of hay for her to lie (or stand) on. Ali was so good! I got in and
tugged a little on her lead and encouraged her to hop in. Well...she
really sort of climbed in, because she is just huge with kids. But she
put up first one foot and then another, and with a little help from the
back, negotiated the big step into the van. She looked around, started
munching hay, and all was well. This was really the last day I felt
comfortable transporting her anywhere. She's due April 1st, and was
literally scraping her sides coming through the goat door in the barn.
In fact, we had to widen it for her. ;D
I got an email today. She
never made a sound all the way there--over two hours. What a good
girl! And she looked around, explored a bit, and settled in nicely.
All in all, I'm very happy with her new people. They seem to like her a
lot, and I think they'll take great care of her. And what's best is
that they're interested in natural ways to care for her, rather than the
chemicals that are so prevalent in animal care today.
The only one that's a little
unhappy is Sanuba. She and Ali shared a stall for a while, and she
misses her buddy.
Now I can start preparing
for the spring kids. Beatrice is definitely carrying a kid or two, and
due on April 20th. Sanuba? Well, she never came back into heat, so I'm
assuming she's also pregnant, but with goats, especially first
fresheners, it's sometimes hard to tell. I hope she is. Some changes I
definitely look forward to--like kids bouncing and playing everywhere.