Meet Eos – Our Newest Nigerian Dwarf Goat!

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Meet our newest furry friend, Eos! (We call her EO for short.)
Weird name, yes, I know, but we simply HAD to keep up the Captain EO theme in our barnyard. When Idee has her kids, we’re most likely going to keep one and name it Fuzzball. If you have ANY idea what I’m talking about, then you win at everything forever.
So why did we get another goat? Well I’m so glad you asked!
Idee was producing enough milk to keep my little family of three well supplied. But with the arrival of Thyme (who will eventually be tapping into the goat milk) and my burning desire to start making homemade goat cheese, yogurt and skin care products, we started thinking we MIGHT want to expand our little backyard herd.
Not to mention that Idee is about due for her annual “get knocked up so she can stay in milk” appointment. Speaking of, that’s actually where she is right now… at the farm we bought her from, knocking boots with some billy goat and makin’ me some babies.  She’s been there for over two weeks now, because apparently she isn’t putting out. (I feel dirty typing that. Haha.)
Initially, I’d planned to try and keep Idee in milk during her pregnancy, but now that EO is on the scene, I think I’ll let my momma goat rest up during her pregnancy and just rely on our new milker to meet our dairy needs over the summer. By late September / early October of this year we should be getting our VERY FIRST batch of baby goats from Idee!
I’m soooooo excited for the kids this fall, you have no idea. Seriously. YouTube search “baby goats”. Heart = melted from cuteness overload.

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So anyway! Back to EO! She is a gorgeous little goat. She’s super tiny and moves like a wild deer. She’s FAR more athletic and active than my two lazy goats. While being crazy petite, she has a ridiculous sounding bleat that is comically hoarse and masculine.
Personality-wise, she’s very docile to the point of being skittish. We were initially afraid this might be a problem.. in fact, we were so worried she wouldn’t work out that I haven’t blogged about her till just now (we’ve had her about a month now).
When we first got her, I was two weeks to my due date, and training her for our milking routine was proving to be a bit problematic. The hubby and I were leaving our “return her to the goat farm / trade her in for another milker” options open. But things are slowly.. SLOWLY turning around.

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As of right now, getting her on the leash and into the milking stall can be a pain some mornings. Some days she walks right up to us and act like we’re BFF’s, happily rubbing against my legs and nudging my hands and pockets for hidden treats. Other days, she runs around the pen frantically, acting like I’m trying to kill her. (Seriously, if you saw it, you’d think we beat her or something.)
Whats really sad (or funny, if you have a twisted sense of humor), is that when she’s in her, “Oh God, oh God, I’m going to die if they catch me” fits, Idee and Odee start chasing her right alongside me, head butting her and bullying her. It kind of puts a dent into my whole, “No one is trying to hurt you” coaxing routine when my goat posse thinks we’re playing “haze the new girl” in the barnyard.

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Overall, EO is actually far more fond of my husband than she is of me.. which is funny, because with Idee it was the other way around! In the past couple of weeks my husband has actually learned to milk using her as practice!
While we’re still a bit nervous about her being nervous (does that make sense??), I’m thinking we’re eventually going to settle into a routine and EO will fit in great on our little urban homestead. She’s slowly warming up to the idea of being a lazy backyard goat who exists to be petted, loved, chased by children, and fed organic feed. (Man, must be hard!)

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What do you think of our newest dairy goat? She’s a pretty one, yeah?!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.

Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

65 thoughts on “Meet Eos – Our Newest Nigerian Dwarf Goat!

  • 27 March, 2015 at 5:46 am
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    I love your stories. Makes me want a goat too!

  • 27 March, 2015 at 8:51 am
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    Gingi… she is very sweet… I am pretty sure I couldn’t milk a goat… especially if I had to chase her down to do it, I sure hope she settles in… I can see how children would love having these animals around for pets xox

    • 27 March, 2015 at 1:48 pm
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      LOL, there’s definitely a learning curve, haha! But when they goats are happy and eager and put themselves in the milking stall (with my goat Idee, I literally open the gate and she runs out, and hops right up without a leash or anything!) it’s fairly easy when they comply! haha! 😉

  • 27 March, 2015 at 11:10 am
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    Ahhhh she’s stunning! Love these photos. Love goats. Haha

  • 27 March, 2015 at 11:28 am
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    She certainly is adorable!! I love the way she stares into the camera. Goats are hilarious:) I love reading about your daily life since it is so different from mine. Homemade goat cheese sounds pretty terrific, btw.

    • 27 March, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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      Haha, yeah, it was hard to take a photo because she kept trying to put her nose in the lens and check the camera out. I kept running away from her, turning around and quickly trying to snap shots, but she kept following me and getting her face way up into the camera, haha!

  • 27 March, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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    Ohmygoodness!!!!!! EO is adorable!!!! So sweet! I want baby goats now!!!! 🙂 Happy weekend. Hope you and your growing family have a great one.

  • 27 March, 2015 at 1:55 pm
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    I’m in love, she’s beautiful! My in-laws live on a gentleman’s farm (they rent out the crops to local farmers and they enjoy the land and their gorgeous house) and they have three sheep. One of them is due to give birth any day now. I can’t wait! I get to play with a lamb. 🙂

    Love your story, too funny. I’m happy you didn’t give up on her. And I love the name EOS, very cool.

    • 27 March, 2015 at 2:53 pm
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      Awww, jealous! Here in the Central Valley of California, farmers rent sheep to pasture on their fields so they overgrown grasses get shorn down.. I always see the sheep grazing with their little babies from the highway and I have to stop myself from pulling over, hopping the fence, and nuzzling all of the babies!! hehe!

    • 27 March, 2015 at 5:01 pm
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      Yeah, I almost titled this blog post, “Meet Eos, the schizophrenic goat”.. haha! 😉

  • 27 March, 2015 at 4:02 pm
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    Oh my gosh, this post made me laugh a lot! Very entertaining read. EO looks so little and sweet! Can’t wait to see Idee’s baby goats even though it will probably be a while. 🙂

    • 27 March, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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      Yeah, I’m probably going to be spamming my blog with TONS of baby goat pictures when they arrive!! I don’t know how I’m going to be able to sell them when I’ve raised them and bottle fed them.. ugh!!! Want to buy a goat??? hehe..

  • 27 March, 2015 at 4:26 pm
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    I think I win at everything forever because I constantly make Captain EO references! When Des was learning to talk he would say “EO” for “here you go” so we started calling him Captain EO. I saw it at EPCOT years ago.
    Do I win??

    The goat is gorgeous and your photos are as well.

    • 27 March, 2015 at 5:03 pm
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      Haha, SOMEONE GOT THE REFERENCE!! Yaaaaaay!! I am such a HUGE Captain EO fan, I was there for the VERY LAST showing of Captain EO when it was taken out of Disneyland decades ago. And then I was there for the VERY FIRST showing of it when it came back to the park, right after Michael Jacksons death. We actually have an autographed Captain EO poster, signed by the director, the actors for Idee and Odee, and one of the lead puppeteers. Yeah, I’m a little TOO obsessed with that show. 😉

  • 27 March, 2015 at 6:10 pm
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    A barnyard full of little Captian EO referenced goats is about the coolest thing ever! Can’t wait to meet new baby Fuzzball when your female goat decides to finally get friendly with a billy goat!

    • 27 March, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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      Right?!?! hehe! I don’t know how we’re going to pick which goat to keep! I’m going to want to keep ALL the furry babies!!

  • 27 March, 2015 at 6:25 pm
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    Awwww he’s adorable!

    XO Imke

  • 27 March, 2015 at 6:54 pm
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    Yep – your girls are going to have so much fun with those goats!! Hope the goat hazing stops soon:)

    • 27 March, 2015 at 7:29 pm
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      Yeah, Tessa is having a blast with these goats.. I’m looking forward to her helping me bottle feed the babies, they’e due around her second birthday!

  • 27 March, 2015 at 7:16 pm
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    Aw what a cute little goat! Little model haha..
    X Charissa

  • 27 March, 2015 at 11:43 pm
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    Cute goat – lovely pictures you’ve shared, thanks.
    I’m sure all the family will have fun.
    All the best Jan

    • 28 March, 2015 at 12:27 am
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      Yeah, my 18 year old thinks they’re her personal petting zoo! haha!

  • 27 March, 2015 at 11:46 pm
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    This city girl thinks you new goat is absolutely adorable. Huge congrats, Gingi!! 😉

  • 27 March, 2015 at 11:49 pm
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    OMFG the cutest!!! I want to cuddle with her at night… Except she’d probably gnaw on my ear and then I would wake up and she would be having at it with my pillows! LOL!

  • 27 March, 2015 at 11:59 pm
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    Nice to virtually meet you, Gingi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love that the first post I read of yours is about a goat. She’s adorable!! One day when I get the bulldog puppy I’m dying for, they can be friends haha 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • 28 March, 2015 at 12:29 am
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      Haha, that sounds like a sitcom of awesome right there.. “The Adventures of… Goats and Bulldogs.. Or Something”.. Yeah, that would be the title. (Aren’t I creative?! haha)

  • 28 March, 2015 at 12:05 am
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    well I learned a lot about goats! Your pictures are beautiful- they are super cute! I am glad I stopped by what a cool post!

  • 28 March, 2015 at 8:35 am
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    Omg Gingi, I didn’t know you had goats but Eos is so cute. I admire that your family has a lifetime free supply of goat’s milk and that you are planning on making your own goat’s cheese and skincare products.

    • 28 March, 2015 at 3:05 pm
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      Haha, and here I thought I was blogged about them too much! Whew! Yeah, we have THREE goats now.. I’m pretty sure this September we’ll have four!

  • 28 March, 2015 at 11:55 am
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    I am so super jealous that you have a farm with goats. I live in the country and my dad grew up on a farm with lots of fun animals- unfortunately, we don’t have time to care for them. Your newest addition is adorable! LOVE the name and all of the amazing photos you captured!

    • 28 March, 2015 at 3:06 pm
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      We don’t exactly have a “farm”, hehe. We actually live in an urban area, and we have a little urban homestead in the back. Out backyard is just slightly larger than the standard backyard in the city of Visalia! <3

  • 28 March, 2015 at 1:46 pm
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    Aw he is so so adorable, how cool that you are going to make your own products of a goat milk, I do have a goat milk soap and I love it!!! 😉 xo

    • 28 March, 2015 at 3:06 pm
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      Yeah!! Goat milk soap is another thing I want to learn to make!!!

  • 28 March, 2015 at 3:22 pm
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    She is a pretty one! Homemade goat cheese sounds really good 🙂

  • 28 March, 2015 at 4:08 pm
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    She is so adorable. I hope she will stop being so nervous. My goal is to live with goats as well someday. As soon as possible. And cows, pigs, donkeys, sheep,…. 😉

    • 30 March, 2015 at 7:45 pm
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      Yeah, if I had my way, we’d have a zoo in the back yard! hehe!

    • 30 March, 2015 at 7:47 pm
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      <3

  • 28 March, 2015 at 8:12 pm
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    Oh she’s so cute Gingi! I’m glad you didn’t give up on her. Your goats sound like they have a great life with you and your family!

  • 29 March, 2015 at 9:13 pm
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    OMG I love her! She is precious! Do the goats still produce milk if they aren’t pregnant? I’ve always wondered. I milked a goat once in Italy when I was a kid and I remember it being difficult. I would love to have goats! I can’t wait to see how she develops!

    • 30 March, 2015 at 7:48 pm
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      Yeah, they will stay in milk for about half a year to a year, and then the supply starts to drop.. then they need to be bred again. That’s why we sent Idee off to get preggers again! hehe!

  • 30 March, 2015 at 4:18 am
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    I love the name! Now you have two new additions to the household 😉 Gorgeous photos, too. I have a cousin who used to have barn animals in the backyard up in Oregon, but in the city we don’t get much farm animal action around here.

    • 30 March, 2015 at 7:48 pm
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      Right?! Hehe… babies EVERYWHERE!! 😉

  • 30 March, 2015 at 9:53 am
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    I want a goat. Now. Lol. I had a friend in high school who had goats on his farm, I used to ask if I could borrow it the baby goats for the weekend. Needless to say, I was never given the green light! You’re so lucky, girl! 🙂

    • 30 March, 2015 at 7:49 pm
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      Yeah, I keep telling the girl at the dairy farm we bought these guys from that I want to steal her baby goats.. she always has tons at her house, and they are SO CUTE!!

  • 30 March, 2015 at 11:34 am
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    So sweet she is! I love your goats and your posts about them. They are adorable. Great pictures of the sweethearts <3

  • 30 March, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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    Adorable little goat! We’d like to eventually get some goats too. My sister has a whole ranch/farming thing going with goats, horses, bees, you name it… and it seems so wonderful to me. Have a great one 🙂
    xo Bry
    WhiteLight.Naughty&Nice

    • 30 March, 2015 at 7:50 pm
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      Ohhhh, do you know what kind of goats you want to get?? ^_^

  • 31 March, 2015 at 1:14 am
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    I had to laugh loud and hard about your goat not putting out, Gingi! Thanks for that :). I love the way you live your life. What a beautiful way to raise children, with a yard full of animals and making your own homemade goat cheese. I’m so impressed and jealous!

  • 4 May, 2015 at 3:50 pm
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    I am guessing you have a solution for your goats if you have to move them. In case you need a place, we have 2 1/2 acres where we live with one goat and a huge penned pasture in Visalia. I know it isn’t easy to commute and milk goats and even though I know how to milk them I am not willing to put that in to my morning routine before work. However if you get into a bind your are welcome to bring them here until you can work out a better solution.

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