Feeling Rather Small….

Weird Winnie

Weird Winnie. Incidentally those are Narcissi in the planter, not full-size daffs...so that gives you an idea just how tiny she is.

 One of the goat kids – Winnie –  is turning out to be rather strange. 

I can’t quite put my finger on it; but she is definitely eccentric.  Arwenna’s daughter, born on 16th March, she is quite the tiniest, most fragile kid I’ve ever seen. I thought Elf was small; but at five days old this little lass takes weeness to miniscule new heights & is a featherweight whisper of silver & white when she nestles in the crook of my arm, head tucked under my chin, as she loves to do.  

She does not like to be in the pen with the other goats.  Whether it’s because they’re all so much bigger than her, I’m not sure; but being so tiny she can slip out of the pen between the hinges of the gate whenever she feels like it; & does not socialise even with the other kids if she can help it, preferring to sleep outside the pen at night (which worries me as rather than being snuggled up in a sleepy heap she’s in grave danger of catching a chill).  She’ll slip silently back inside, take a sip of milk from Mum; & then she’s off again, tottering up & down the corridors like a tiny mechanical toy on her stiff little legs – so different from the other kids.  

Another of her favourite haunts is quietly tucked up beside the oil-fired radiator in the Dining Room, where she sits at my feet if I’m working on the computer, catching up on emails or whatever. 

I’m concerned that she’s not fully developed, & so could have problems later on.  I suppose only time will tell; so for now I’ll keep a close eye on her which is no chore as she is such an extraordinary, eccentric little character.  Diminutive in stature, but positively gargantuan in personality!


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The LittleFfarm Dairy Team: Jo - Goat farmer & Gelatiere Artigianale, plus General Dogsbody; Tony - Airline Pilot & part-time Herd Manager, Product Taster, Accounts Secretary, Handyman etc!
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7 Responses to Feeling Rather Small….

  1. casalba says:

    She’s an absolute darling. I so hope she does well.

    We have two dogs from the same litter. B. was also very small and definitely the runt. I can nearly see how his brain works: if you can’t fight it, figure it. Nine out of ten times he gets one over on his stronger, much larger and more handsome brother.

    Sounds like Winnie has also understood how to butter her bread. She might become the household pet rather than join the other girls in the milking parlour.

  2. paula says:

    I have a big soft spot for runts. They’re so often big personalities with real survival instincts. And as you say very ‘different’. I hope weird winnie goes on to be one of your best milking/breeding goats! Well, ever hopeful…

  3. katie says:

    What a sweetie!
    Where I’m lambing we’ve got a tiny premature lamb that no-one thought would live but she’s now up and about running around like a little beetle, or as you put it, a clockwork toy. These tiny ones are special gifts.

  4. LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    “Alas folks,

    there is bad news on the way….”


  5. casalba says:

    I am so sorry to read that. Sending you very best wishes from here. xxx Sally

  6. M E Jackson says:

    Hello Jo,

    It has been a while since you posted, and I suspect we are all worrying about your little one. So something has happened? These smallest ones take so much care; I am sure sometimes they are not meant to be with us forever. We have lost a dear Highland calf recently.

    • LittleFfarm Dairy says:

      “Sincere apologies for the lack of posts, we’ve been absolutely rushed off our feet over the past couple of weeks & I haven’t had a chance to read anyone else’s Blogs, let alone write up ours! I’ll try & post some catchups today – including an update regarding poor little Winnie.

      And I’m really sorry to hear about your calf, it’s heartbreaking to lose such a little life.”

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