Cuzco's Glamour Shot o' the Day

Discussion in 'Pack and Working Goats' started by Nanno, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    This is what happens when Lilly tries to pilfer Cuzco's dinner.
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    She's got nerve, that little goat. She'll actually dive her head into Cuzco's bucket and swipe a few mouthfuls before he can get her out. Often the grain goes flying in the process. She even challenges my mean gelding, Skokie, for his grain. Even Cuzco doesn't mess with Skokie!

    I made a video called "Mayhem at the Hassey Goat Farm". I hope you enjoy it. :D
    https://vimeo.com/54468234
     

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  2. Taffy

    Taffy New Member

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    I have a feeling Lilly is going to end up winning the food fight with Nibbles. She's one persistent goat! Cusco looks like he's always going to be the boss though. :lol:
     

  3. Rockytopsis

    Rockytopsis New Member

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    Well I think the two of them have met their match in Lilly, :D Loved the video.
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  4. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    Gah! I'm getting behind with all the holiday festivities these days! I've got more photos than I can post and I don't know which ones to start with!

    I guess I'll start with the ones Phil took of Lilly and I on the porch this morning because they are by far the cutest. Lilly is a true "snuggle-bunny" goat like what you mentioned a few pages back, Rockytopsis. Cuzco has never liked close contact--he's much too noble to be fawned upon by the unwashed masses. We must worship from a respectful distance. Nibbles is always on the go and won't let me hold her for more than about ten seconds before she starts squirming and pulling away. There's always something more interesting (or more tasty) over there. But Lilly climbs into my lap and will lay there until my legs fall asleep. She is in love with people and can't think of a better way to spend her time than in someone's embrace.

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  5. Taffy

    Taffy New Member

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    I'm in love................. :lol: Lilly is adorable. I love goatie cuddles.
     
  6. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    We finally had good weather for Christmas-treeing! I mean, you can't very well go and cut down a Christmas tree in shorts and sandals, which is what I was wearing last week.

    Nibbles picked it out.
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    All the goats helped bring it out of the woods.
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    And Jet hauled it up to the house.
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    We thought about making Cuzco pull the tree home, but this was a really heavy tree (two trees coming out of one stump), and it's a pretty steep climb to the house. Phil and I together were having a hard time hauling it. At his age and with him still coughing during heavy exercise ever since the coyote incident, we decided it would be best to give Cuzco a break. Jet is always eager to do something... anything that involves people. :)
     

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  7. idahonancy

    idahonancy Member Supporting Member

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    My boys would have had that tree eaten to a stump by the time it got home. I can only imagine the battle of defending the tree as I was hauling it up a hill with 600 lbs of goats attached to it. They love all kinds of Christmas trees.
     
  8. Rockytopsis

    Rockytopsis New Member

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    Oct 5, 2007
    As always love the pictures, the only problem is that though my goats are friendly I dont have a snuggle bunny and now I have snuggle bunny envy :lol:

    Yup on the tree never making it to the house with my mob following and munching down from behind.

    We had an pine tree that was leaning very badly over the fence so DH cut it down and my goaties were eating it as I was trying to pile the branches up. A time or two I flipped a branch on the pile which had a goat in the middle. They ate their way out.

    Nancy
     
  9. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    Yeah, our tree might not have survived the goats either if it weren't for my horse, Skokie. He came down with Jet and chased all the goats away. I thought he might trample our poor tree in the process, but we threw snowballs at him when he got too close.

    Nibbles really got involved in the whole tree-picking process. :D
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  10. TDG-Farms

    TDG-Farms Dave (TDG Farms) S.E. Washington State

    Jul 12, 2013
    Pretty sure my goats woulda bum rushed the horse and eaten the tree. We get around 100 or so Christmas trees that dont sell from the Rite Aid stores in our area every year. Our goats know exactly how to assassinate a Christmas tree in the most gruesome manner and nothing can stand in their way! :)
     
  11. feederseaters

    feederseaters Senior Member

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    Just becareful of the "parking lot" trees. They are cut early tend to dry out and become a fire hazard. A lot of Xmas tree distributors have taken to using a spray on or systemic style flame retardant on the "lot" trees to keep their trees from setting ablaze.
     
  12. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    HA! No one bum-rushes Skokie! That horse is a goat killer. But since he's also a bear killer, we keep him around for predator control. :twisted:

    Cuzco is finally old enough to start growing a beard! If you look carefully you can just see the whiskers fluttering under his jaw. At nearly eleven years old, it's about time he started getting some facial hair! He's probably been feeling embarrassed because Nibbles and Lilly are starting to grow beards and he's never had one. It's shameful when the man of the house has less facial hair than the ladies!
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    Love the shadow on the floor. The deck is blocked off most of the time nowadays, but sometimes I leave the little goats in their pen a little longer in the mornings so Cuzco can still have his porch time.
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    Finally, Phil made a music video yesterday for a contest. The track is one he made with my brother back in 2006, so they were way ahead of their time with the whole "Celtic fiddle techno" genre (which is just now starting to get popular). Anyway, the video features goats listening to Phil play the viola, so I thought you guys might appreciate it. :)
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HusHU6cl62g"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HusHU6cl62g[/ame]
     

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  13. Rex

    Rex New Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Now THAT was AWESOME!!! The entire family came in when they heard it and I had to play it over several times. He needs to come to the Rendezvous and play for us!
     
  14. Taffy

    Taffy New Member

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    Phil is talented and the goats are fortunate to have a front row seat!
     
  15. imported_ashley

    imported_ashley New Member

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    WOW!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! :D You have beautiful goats!! Great music video!!
     
  16. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    Glad ya'll like the music! Whenever Phil plays his fiddle at the campfire, Cuzco always drops whatever he's doing and comes over to stand in the front row and watch and listen. In over ten years that goat has never gotten bored of Phil's fiddling. I love how he tracks Phil's bow hand with his nose.

    In other news, the Ludum Dare 48-hour game jam just named "goats" as the bonus theme for this weekend's competition:
    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ld-25-th ... nd-0-of-5/

    Goats beat out the classic internet meme "kittens" by 1 point! And yep, that's Nibbles in the voting photos, and Cuzco's classic mugshot is the in the bonus point symbol. I think Phil is determined to make goats the next big internet craze.

    And since we can't have the top page of a "glamour shots" thread without a photo, here's one of Phil and his girls:
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  17. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    We've been having some riotous times with these little goats lately. So many of our treat-feeding sessions end up with one goat on top of the other as they both scramble reach the peanuts.

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    The other day, Cuzco caught Lilly in his shed and tried to pummel her into pulp. He wouldn't let her out, but pinned her to the wall and tried to flatten her. Good thing for her he's so tall! She ducked down and darted right between his front legs, causing Cuzco to lose his balance and fall right on top of her. Lilly never skipped a beat and kept right on running, spinning Cuzco around with her as she exited the door. The look of absolute shock on Cuzco's face as he rode that tiny goat halfway across the patio with his knees dragging behind him was priceless!

    Nibbles is too fat and gets only a handful of grain while Lilly needs a bit of feeding up. So of course Nibbles tries to help Lilly finish her portion. But despite the fact that Nibbles is dominant, this feat is not easily accomplished with a goat as greedy and determined as Lilly. Last night was the best. Lilly's head was glued to the bottom of her bucket as usual, so Nibbles rammed her with all the determination in her sturdy little body. But instead of just lifting Lilly's hind end and shoving it over as she usually does, Nibbles kept going. Since Lilly's head was glued to the bucket, it worked like a pivot and Lilly's feet never touched the ground as she got helicoptered around a full 360 degrees. But Lilly also didn't lose a single precious grain, and Nibbles was foiled again!
     

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  18. idahonancy

    idahonancy Member Supporting Member

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    Both those stories are a hoot. It must be a bit of a zoo some days. We are all hiding from a blizzard today.
    IdahoNancy
     
  19. Nanno

    Nanno New Member

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    So we got Nibbles bred the other day to a Nubian buck. Yeah, yeah, I know. We have this wonderful little Alpine doe with a beautiful pedigree and what do we do? We breed her to a Nubian even though practically everyone says Nubians and Nubian crosses are loud and lazy and stupid. Well, Cuzco says differently! And since he's getting old and we want a replacement, we're going to try our hand at making more Alpine/Nubian crosses and see if we can get more outstanding goats like Cuzco, who is quiet, hard-working, intelligent, and drop-dead gorgeous.

    But Nibbles' encounter with the buck left her very pungent indeed. It being December, we gave her a bath in our upstairs tub (I'll post some video footage of that sometime for anyone who wants a good laugh), and then I let her hang out with me in the basement next to the wood stove (and on the couch!) for about an hour while she dried off.
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    Oh, and I got a wild ride on Cuzco yesterday. I was doling out treats and Cuzco was standing in front of me eating some fallen tidbits when he suddenly charged after Lilly, who was behind me. He ran right between my legs, lifted me straight off the ground, and then panicked when he realized I was on his back. He ran about 30 feet to his shed with me lying on my belly, arms wrapped around him like some huge backwards mutton buster! I thought he was going to scrape me off on shed door, but in his mad dash he missed the turn and ran head first into a concrete retaining wall where I fell off in a hysterically laughing heap.

    Cuzco almost never chases the other goats when Phil or I are present because he knows he'll get in big trouble, but I guess he forgot his manners yesterday. He sometimes gets very cranky when Nibbles is in heat, and this time she came home smelling like buck, so Cuzco was particularly on edge for those two odiferous days. I was stupid and forgot he was in a mood, and he was stupid and forgot he's supposed to suppress his urges when there are people present. Thankfully no harm was done and I've got one more funny story under my belt. I just wish there had been a video camera present!
     

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  20. idahonancy

    idahonancy Member Supporting Member

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    When 2 of my boys were 4 months old they carried me on their backs. They were use to walking between my knees. One day they both decided they wanted to be between my knees at the same time. They approached from the front and got stuck. Both of them tried to push through. As I fell forward I was on their backs laughing my head off because I could not figure out how to get off. They stood very still side by side floating me until I figured out how to rolled off onto the ground. It was funny feeling to be falling, stopped 1/2 way, and not hit the ground.