Hello Everyone! I've been lurking around this forum for the past 6 months or so, and I've finally decided that I need to sit down and introduce myself and thank you all for this amazing resource! I'm very new to goats, but I've been an animal lover my entire life. After graduating from college, I desperately wanted a milk cow but I recognized that a cow was simply not practical for my situation. Two years later, my husband and I took a friend to the state fair. The goat barn was one of the last animal barns that we visited, and while we all admired the goats, what really stuck with us was how friendly the 4-H goat kids were. One girl invited us to help bottlefeed her doeling, and a group of others offered us some of their candy. I remember one girl sleeping next to her goat in the stall while the goat gently picked at her sweatshirt. I also watched a girl milking her Nigerian, and I remember thinking to myself that that was an animal that I could handle. I also felt like I was traveling through a community that I wanted to be part of. I wish I could write a letter to all of those kids telling them what wonderful ambassadors they were! I went home and started researching milk goats, and Nigerians in particular. I fell in love with them and put deposits down for two doelings this spring. I also found The Goat Spot, where I started reading about how wonderful LaManchas were. Goathappy, I can safely say that you great influenced in my decision to consider LaManchas. Several weeks later I came across a Craigslist ad for a 5-year-old bred Experimental LaMancha named Margo. I brought her home during our first snow, and everyday since I have been so thankful for her. She was incredibly patient with me as I was learning to milk. She's friendly and personable but also incredibly dignified. She is truly the perfect goat for a newbie like me, and I just love her. http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5053/554 ... 84d2_z.jpg After searching for a companion for Margo, I brought home an 8 month old Oberhasli named Peanut. I always say that Peanut is the reason that goat stereotypes exist - she is always looking for ways to get into trouble! I really think that Margo finds her a little embarrassing sometimes. But she's such lovable goof that I can't help but forgive her for chewing a button off of my coat and nibbling a hole in my favorite wool hat. http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5297/554 ... 69ea_z.jpg I followed the Kidding and Birth Announcements forums almost religiously during the last month while I waited for Margo to kid. In Margo's four previous pregnancies she kidded 5-7 days early, but day 145 came and went, and then so did 150. I began to worry that something was wrong, or that Margo had never been pregnant. I tried to find any excuse for her longer pregnancy - maybe she was waiting for a full moon, maybe she was having does, maybe she was having a single. Finally, on day 153 Margo's udder filled dramatically, and on March 16th (day 154), she kidded with, yup, a single doeling! Watching the birth was an amazing experience for me and I was (and am) beyond thrilled with Margo's beautiful little girl (the level of cuteness coming out of that goat stall right now is almost lethal). http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5300/554 ... a655_z.jpg I laugh when I think about it now, but I honestly used to think that LaManchas were the ugliest goats I had ever seen - I couldn't get past their ears. But their personalities completely won me over, and now I think that our doeling's elf ears are the cutest little ears I've ever seen! And that's where I am so far in my goat journey. I'm sorry for writing a bit of a novel, but I'm sure that many of you can relate to my inability to be brief when I talk about my much-loved little herd! I continue to look forward to the birth of my Nigerians with enthusiasm - if all goes well and the doelings I reserved are born, they should arrive at our farm in mid-summer! Again, thank you all for sharing so much wisdom on this thread (as well as photos of your adorable new additions - I can't get enough of them!) and for being so welcoming. I look forward to becoming more involved in the forum and contributing what I can!