Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Goats And Sheep

The other wing of the Small Animal Barn here at the museum houses a variety of breeds of both goats and sheep, particularly over the winter.This display shows some of the tools involved in sheep shearing, which takes place here in late April or early May, after the cold has finally lifted.

When indoors, the animals have stalls, and there are newborns this time of year, born in the last couple of months. The barn here is designed so that you can go down a central aisle, or on one side down a corridor with openings looking into the pens. Here we had one of the Museum staff with a newborn baby in her arms, while the mother was close by with another of her little ones.

Another little one was having a drink at the milk bar.

Mostly though it was just rest, with this mother and her little ones putting up with the passing humans.

Looking out a window from here, I took in a view towards the Dairy Barn. The structure between here and there is a picnic area, with the outline of a barn around it.

The goats and sheep seemed quite at ease around the company.

Here we have an exterior view of this barn.

There is an enclosure outside where display panels are set up. In warmer weather, goats or sheep will spend some time in here, and likely in a nearby pasture as well. I have more of them tomorrow.


  1. Oh My Goodness ! What a wonderful place to visit.
    How exciting and fun for kids who do not get a chance to see animals and a farn.
    I am enjoying this series you are doing.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. A lot of people came to see the goats!

  3. As I've mentioned before, our youngest daughter raises goats in south Florida. Sometimes she gets so attached to the new little baby goats she brings them in the house and they become pets. I rather like them. But one, I think his name was Big Bob kept trying to butt me over the fence and I found that rather rude! :)

  4. I can see the kids enjoying the visit and seeing the animals!

  5. A great place for youngsters. And glove makers?

  6. Nice to see, especially for young people, I think...

  7. It was interesting to see different kinds of goats and sheep's:)

  8. Such sweet animals and I love the picnic area. Yesterday, we saw a truck loaded down with goats.

  9. Goats and sheep reminds me of the National Public Radio "Goats and Soda" segment.


  10. the one goat really loved being in the lime light ... so cute!! great pics. ( :

  11. @Parsnip: I'm enjoying showing it.

    @Marleen: it was a busy weekend.

    @Lowell: my aunt and uncle had some goats on the farm while they were growing their orchard. Goats could tend to do that!

    @Nancy: kids were definitely into the visit.

    @Mike: definitely!

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Karl: I agree.

    @Weekend Windup: it was.

    @Marianne: they certainly were.

    @Mildred: you wonder what goats think of being on a truck.

    @Janis: that's something we don't get up here.

    @Beth: thanks!

  12. Goats and sheep are wonderful animals, I prefer to see them outside, but it will still be to cold overthere, I suppose.

  13. So many little kids in your pics - human & goat kids! ;-)

  14. I love the way that one dark goat is looking over it's shoulder to see what you are up to.

  15. Cute animals in a lively place to see them close up
    Lambs frolicking in a field is a spring treat in a farm I use to live near.

  16. I can't wait till our little one is old enough to appreciate animal day! I don't know about him, but since I love sheep and goats so much, I'd really love this one!

  17. The goats and their kids are very cute.

  18. Great for city kids, I mean children. :) I'd love to go there. Even better, to work there!

  19. @Jan: the horses and a couple of the cows were outside, but it'll probably be May before some of the others get outside on a regular basis.

    @RedPat: the kids were fascinated by the critters.

    @Sharon: yes, quite an expression!

    @Maywyn: as I say in tomorrow's post, a jumping lamb is a happy sight.

    @Lady Fi: very cute!

    @Jeanie: I enjoyed my visit.

    @Marie: the little ones were adorable.

    @Bill: quite so!

    @Dina: it's quite an educational experience.

  20. We love our animal pals do't we, William!

  21. Looks like a fun spot for an outing!

  22. When the goat we had in Washington had cleared all the brush off of our acre, we gave the goat to another couple. The wife decided this goat was a wonderful pet. She kept it in the house and put pink ribbons on its head.

  23. This is a great place for city kids to learn more about the country kids and other animals.

  24. Fascinating place and post ~ love the photos of the sheep and goats!

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  25. @Cloudia: definitely!

    @Chieftess: it was.

    @Mari: this farm has what's called Goat Yoga days, which seems odd!

    @Kay: it certainly is.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Jennifer: they are.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Klara: indeed.

    @Norma: they look like characters.