If you think preparing Thanksgiving dinner for your family is a pain, imagine if you had 400 mouths to feed. That is the reality for a local farmer. By the end of the year, he will have about 400 kids.
There is a playground in his front yard, but Chad Zahner keeps his kids in the barn. Zahner raises goats. Goat babies are called kids. And this is goat season.
"When we are done this year, we will have close to 400 kids on the ground," says Zahner, "So yeah, we are in the kidding business -- we are in the goat business. I really enjoy it. This is my hobby."
Some might call him crazy. Actually, he calls his whole operation "Crazy Chad's Goat Farm." He got started 15 years ago. He would often joke that he was going to start a goat farm. Then he did. His wife wasn't thrilled at first.
"(She said) Crazy Chad's goat farm will be bankrupt if you do not figure out how to make money," says Zahner.
So, he did. He sells the males and keeps most of the females.
Raising goats is hard work, especially this time of year. While WSBT was at the farm, two nannies went into labor. One needed a little help.
While goats are a business for Zahner, he does get attached. Zahner has a goat named Larry that he has had on the farm for 12 to 13 years.
And while Zahner doesn't have any human kids just yet, it is a hard choice when it comes to which are easier to handle?
"Oh man," says Zahner, "I really love my goats. I like kids, but kids can be pretty mouthy sometimes and ornery."
Then again, so can baby goats.
"This is a hungry kid," says Zahner as he picks up a loud, crying baby goat.
In the summer. Zahner grows corn and beans. Because of the drought and heat, corn really suffered this year. Zahner says the farm lost a lot of money. His goat farm also helps pay the bills. And if you think weather doesn't affect kidding, think again. In the summer, they have to grow all the hay to feed the goats.