Spring is near, the babies are going to start arriving in a couple weeks!
Around this time of year, we start getting requests from people wanting to come visit the baby goats. When we started Wildroot Cove, we intended to share it with others, it was not meant to be kept to ourselves.
With that being said, I respond to these requests optimistically. We are grateful to have something unique to connect us to others.
In all reality, as much as we would love to meet every single one of these requests, some will go unmet and these are the reasons why.
Our nieces and nephews come first. They will grow up knowing that Wildroot Cove is practically their own. Even if they visit frequently, they still get the first-in-line perks.
We have safety precautions - Many people don’t realize this, but the bacteria you bring in on the bottom of your shoes could potentially do a lot of damage to a herd of goats. We have safety measures that we take and part of that includes minimizing traffic in and out of the barn. As some of the goats will be re-homed to other farms, we still take care of those animals as if they are our own. This may lead to a decision of not taking in any farm visits while they are in our care.
We underestimated how much work baby goats can be! We joke it is like having a herd of newborn human babies. The stress of nursing an animal back to health last year lead us to the decision of no more farm visits for that season.
Life is busy. We never want to spread ourselves so thin that we just maintain what we have. We want our animals to receive our best care possible and we also want to grow in other ways toward a sustainable life.
If you do visit Wildroot Cove…
We request farm visits are kept to a 45-minute duration. This way, we can go about our daily chores without skipping a beat.
If you have visited another farm or zoo in the last six months, please refrain from wearing that pair of shoes.
Please watch your kids. Children are not allowed to hold the baby goats and we will not force interaction. If a child is failing to respect these rules, they will be asked to leave the pen. We learned some lessons the hard way and even though kids mean well, accidents happen.
Options to see goats or other animals…
If you really want to come visit, signing up for goat yoga has been a great opportunity for us to be able to share all of this with others! We even offer goat yoga for kids as well! This way you are also supporting us! All our proceeds from goat yoga go right to the animals to provide food and hay, supplements, vet bills, shelter, etc.
If you are looking for a petting zoo, we are actually not a petting zoo. But a wonderful petting zoo called Fawn-Doe-Rosa is well worth the drive! They have deer that will walk up to you and eat out of your hand, along with baby goats, bunnies, miniature pony rides, etc.