new goat gallivant. As time progressed, Jonah pulled further and further ahead of him, but I still didn't think Julius's problems were fatal. I had turned over the feeding of the kids to the 2-leggeds. Farmer Girl and Farmer Boy 1 would always go running out with their bottles. Farmer Boy 1 would always stay out there until Julius's bottle was empty, which often took a MUCH longer time than I had patience for. But again, being that he's 3, that milk may have simply made it down his chin (or into Jonah's tummy) and not much into the intended belly. After every interaction with Julius, I would come in only partly joking that "Julius has to be retarded."
I spent a few hours, both before he died and after, trying to figure out what was ailing him. I poured through my "Natural Goat Care" book and found nothing that really fit, including bent leg syndrome. The author of this book does make note to not spend much time or resources saving unthrifty kids because nature usually knows better than we which ones can survive long-term. I have a hard time with that, but I feel a bit less guilty with his death. I think there was likely a non-visable birth defect that prevented him from eating properly.
In the end, I'm glad we've been able to keep Copper away from Helen. She just came out of heat (at 3 weeks post pardem) so we only have another year's worth of heats to go through. Hopefully the fence on the bachelor pad is up for the challenge. I think that's really the only way we can prevent this in the future.