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Monday, September 20, 2010

The Fonzie of Goats

with Sue Weaver, Hobby Farms Contributing Editor

Depressed Martok the goat
Photo by Sue Weaver
Martok is depressed because the does are flocking to Kerla.

Hi, this is Uzzi. I’m writing this week’s blog because Martok is depressed. He spends his days perched atop our Port-a-Hut gazing off down the ridge—or across the yard at Kerla’s pen. Kerla is why he’s depressed.

The does are madly in love with Kerla. Dad says Kerla is “the Fonzie of goats.” Mom tied extra panels across the front of Kerla’s paddock so that nobody gets their feet stuck in the fence (or backs up to it the way Big Mama did with Martok last year). 

Martok blubbers and paces and ennurates (that’s a nice word that means he pees on himself—buck goats are weird!) just like does like, but the girls flock to Kerla instead. Kerla ennurates, but he’s so young that his musk glands don’t work yet (Martok’s do—yuck!), but the does adore Kerla anyway!

Kerla the goat
Photo by Sue Weaver
All the does think Kerla is cute.

“Oooo, what long, sexy ears!” they coo, shoving one another to get closer to Kerla and the fence. (“I have sexy, long ears,” Martok mumbles.)

“Listen to him blubber, what a guy!” (“I can blubber louder and better than that.”)

“And that sweet, white cap on his head is the cutest thing!” (“I have a white cap too!”)

On and on it goes. Every day. Hordes of does mob Kerla’s pen and Martok kvetches about it. 

But Martok deserves it. Mom raised Kerla to be Jadzia’s beau, but one night back in June, Martok scaled the wall between our pen and the dairy does’ shelter. Jadzia was just coming into heat but Mom thought, no, he couldn’t have gotten her pregnant, he isn’t in rut, it’s out of season and very, very hot. (Heat’s supposed to make bucks and rams temporarily infertile). But she marked the calendar and Jadzia is getting fat! Really fat, like she has babies on board. They’re due Nov. 5. Jadzia is excited, Martok is unrepentant and Mom is not amused.

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Debra, my Mom says if you need any help with your goat you can email her at ozarkgoattrek@gmail.com

Or better yet, sign up for her free YahooGroups email list at LINK where there a several dozen really nice people who would be very glad to answer your questions.

I'm glad you gave that nice Nubian a home. She's very lucky to have you!

Martok, Mammoth Spring, AR
Posted: 11/8/2010 9:03:13 AM
Have my own nubian goat now as a result of her owner passing away. Need prayer that I feed her properly as I am a first time goat owner. She may be pregnant so I am sure she needs more nutrition. Any suggestions?
Debra, Gosport, IN
Posted: 10/25/2010 6:35:14 AM
Martok, hope your Dad is home again soon. In the past several years, I've done back & forths to the hospital for my husband following riding accidents (we don't have horses anymore). I know that can be trying. Tell Mom to make sure she does take a little tiem for herself so she doesn't get down.
Christa, Dyke, VA
Posted: 9/28/2010 11:20:25 AM
Thank you Christa, you have good taste in goats. Amelia still likes me best but those other does are FICKLE!

I couldn't write back until today because Dad has been in the hospital and Mom has been really busy trying to keep up with things, so I haven't had access to the computer.

Bon Bon does those same things that Anat does and Mom thinks they are signs of affection. Mom says it feels really good when Bon Bon licks her (she sometimes licks Mom's face too). We goats are smart--we know how to make our humans smile!

~ Martok
Martok, Mammoth Spring, AR
Posted: 9/24/2010 1:27:26 PM
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