How much do you know about goat kids?
At Redwood Hill Farm we’ve been raising dairy goat kids since the mid 1960’s, and over the years have learned much about these intelligent, cute and cuddly young animals. Here’s our ‘top ten’ of fun facts about goat kids.
Humans and goats have enjoyed a close relationship for thousands of years. Nicole Bice, pictured left, and her brother Colton, below, are the next generation of human kids growing up with goat kids on our Certified Humane® farm—kids playing with kids, living and learning together on the farm.
#1 For centuries, the young of a goat have been called kids. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that the word kid was extended to children.
#2 Kids most commonly arrive as twins. Sometimes just a single, but often triplets are born. Quadruplets, like the four Alpine cuties above, occur occasionally, and a few times we’ve had quintuplets!
#3 Goat kids learn to stand within minutes of being born.
#4 Kids begin climbing and jumping off tree stumps and bales of hay when they’re just a week old. At two weeks old, kids are fearlessly agile, running and leaping for fun.
#5 Like human kids, goat kids like to snuggle. The “kid pile” is a common sight in the barn nursery, as they curl up with with each other for companionship and warmth.
#6 When bottle-raised, kids will bond with their caregivers. Our employees at Redwood Hill Farm, like Mike above, cherish that bonding time.
#7 The vocal sound a goat makes is called a bleat. Mother and kid goats recognize each other’s calls soon after the mothers give birth. Goat kids also bleat when they’re excited to see their caregivers at feeding time.
#8 Some goat kids are born with “wattles”, the fleshy, dangly things on their neck. Wattles are sometimes called “bells” or “skin tags”. They serve no purpose and are believed to be a genetic trait left over from evolution.
#9 Kids use their lips to learn about the world around them. Intelligent and curious, they love nibbling (not eating!) just about anything around them.
#10 Siblings know each other. At Redwood Hill Farm a twin who returned to the farm after being gone for nearly two years, quickly found her twin sister, and the two are best friends in the barn— browsing and resting together every day. Pictured here are LaMancha triplet kids—who naturally have distinctive and very short ears.