Adventures of the Yellow School Bus | "Spring on the Farm" | Article and 12 Photos by Candice Granger

Spring is definitely in the air around here. With the breeze blowing, the flowers blooming and rain showers falling from the sky, I can't help but take a big breath of fresh air and smile. Spring time on the farm also means another thing, our favorite thing: baby goats! Last night we had another little baby girl goat born (picture above). There is something so sweet and innocent about these goats that make me love them so much. We have Nigerian Dwarf Goats (for milk) and Angora Goats (for fiber).

Our Nigerians are personable, sweet and very nosey. Jim Bob, my husband, keeps telling me that our goats need to be farm animals and not pets. I can't help but make them pets! They all have their different personalities, likes and dislikes and levels of sassiness.

Some act like dogs and will follow you around ready for the next treat. Some act just like cats - could care less what my needs are and only do what is in their best interest.

For example, last night we had a big storm roll through and I wanted to separate some goats up so they could all have adequate protection against the storm. I have one particular goat, Rosie, that REFUSES to go into any other pen than the one she has picked. I try treats, veggies, grain - all her favorites - and she will not budge from her spot. All the other goats are following me around, pleading for me to give them the treats and Rosie could care less. Each time I try, and I try a lot, I end giving into the goat and letting her stay wherever she wants. I have even tried to pack her to a new pen and as soon as she hits the ground, she is off and running back to her house and I am cussing!

Goats are so much fun to have around and we really enjoy kidding season. Those babies will hop, spin and run around playing so innocently. If they stayed that small and cute, everyone would have a goat! Her are some pictures of our newest additions to the farm:

These twins were born about a week ago. Both have beautiful blue eyes and love to snuggle.

All of our goats are the best moms. They are overly attentive to their kids needs and shadow them their first few weeks of life. They don't go out to pasture to eat until their kids are taking a nap. When their kids wake up and start making noise, the moms come RUNNING in from the pasture to let them nurse and lick their little heads. It is so wonderful to watch! Holly, the mom, is watching over her kids playing on the stump. She was making "mom noises" the whole time, like saying, "Be careful, don't fall!"

I laugh at this photo because it looks like she is posing for a centerfold shot the way her head is turned looking at the camera. Mary had her babies, the sweet twins, about a week after this photo was taken. She was the twice the size by the time her due date rolled around!

Watch the baby goats play!

With all the rain happening, the grass is so green and the goats go crazy out in the pastures!

I sheared the Angora goats! Oh my goodness, it was one of the hardest things to do. Especially after you watch videos on YouTube of people shearing a goat in minutes. I thought it looked so easy! It took me over an hour!

This sweet little baby girl is our first Nigora goat. A Nigora goat is what happens when the Nigerian goat and an Angora goat "get together." A Nigora is a dual purpose goat bred for milk and fiber - perfect for the homesteader!

Spring showers bring May flowers and also HUGE puddles! Can you remember being so excited about a puddle? After it rains, I don't see our kids for most of the day. They build dams, cities, houses for fish and all sorts of imaginative things on the shores of these puddles.

Once the days start getting a little longer, the chickens start laying eggs again! Hooray! But that doesn't mean they lay them just in the nesting boxes. Oh no, they want to make it as hard as possible for us to find their eggs. I guess that is how they kept their eggs safe when they were wild little dinosaurs but now it is just a pain in the rear. Here is a chicken trying to lay an egg in the goats hay feeder. Of course, the goats ate the hay and the egg fell on the ground. It didn't quite work out the way the chicken had planned but I'm sure she will try it again tomorrow. Sigh. Chickens.

Unfortunately, spring doesn't last long. The days will heat up fast and our little goat kids will turn into sassy adults faster than I like. So I better get out there and snuggle them close while I can. I'll give them a head scratch from you too!

Candice Granger and her super cute brood call home (and art studio!) to a 16+ acre homestead in Gonzales County. They live in a converted yellow school bus with a large cast of furry characters including sheep, goats, and chickens. Candice focuses her many talents towards 'healthy and homemade.' Candice is an artist, home-schooling teacher & mother, and partner to her potter husband Jim Bob.

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