Hannah saying to Ariel's female baby, in a matter-of-fact voice. "Come eat the raisin. You need to tame down or you'll have to visit our freezer."
Hannah's been working with Ariel's babies daily since they were born, but the female, Triplip, has gotten an attitude problem in the last week. She runs away instead of toward Hannah, she collapses when you catch her and just lays there like you're a predator she's hiding from. I don't understand it. If more of the babies were having attitude problems, I'd think something had gotten in and scared them or that I wasn't watching my little one and she was chasing them, but it's just Triplip out of all the babies. The rest are very friendly. I'm afraid we may have a repeat of Tamari's Cayenne baby from last year - just a nutty kid that won't tame down. It's a bit genetic, or maybe learned (although Trip, Ariel's other kid, is just fine). I've been milking Ariel for a week and I still have to catch her to milk her instead of her coming in for the grain on her own. Physion's waiting for me in the morning (so is Tamari and I'm not even milking her), but Ariel still takes Dan to close off escape routes to get her to the milking stand. She's better than she was, but not as good as she needs to be, and I think her daughter's either inherited that or is watching momma a bit too closely.
Tonight I gave Hannah some raisins to try to bribe Triplip into taming down some more. The other babies were eating the raisins up. Hannah had to open her baby's mouth up and stick the raisin in. Then the baby would spit it out. No matter how many times Hannah stuck the raisin in, that goat would spit it out. Reminded me of when we tried to see if Hannah would like a pacifier when she was an infant. She didn't.
We're sitting down in a few weeks and having the "who do we keep" discussion. That discussion will deal with cost of feed, genetics, available land, usefulness of all of the animals - sheep, cattle, horses, goats. Hannah will be involved in the discussion this year since she has a goat. She knows this and is preparing for it - she's trying to prepare her goats for it also, giving them the best chance to stick around. Animals with attitude don't stick around on a farm with young kids, and with the price of feed, not many of those babies will be sticking around anyway. This necessary part of animal raising - culling - is not fun.