Getting Ready to Breed

29 Dec

It’s looking like we might have more kids than ever before in 2013.  I think we’ll actually be right around fifty kids this year, and we had fifty-one last year.

Maisie

Maisie

In the next couple of days I’ll move the goats around into four groups.  I’ll have the main barnyard where my retired girls and those already bred will go.  There is a variety of ages and personalities here, so it’s good they have three separate areas to be inside.

barnyard collage

There will be about twenty goats in this section.

Boeris already bred six girls for spring break babies.  Bambi, Coffee, Sugar, Pebbles, Pam and Litha are all due the last week of March.

Bambi

Bambi

I have eight girls to put with Boeris, but that shelter is fairly small. I might have to do them in cycles as they come into heat.  That means there might be a couple more in the main section.

Sallie

Sallie

I was smart enough to dig out the gate before it was totally frozen and impossible to open.  We’re ready to give Boeris his girls.  He’s certainly ready for company.

Boeris van de Yell

Boeris van de Yell

I still haven’t seen Maggie or Penny come into heat, so I just don’t know what to do with them.  They would both go in the crowded section with Boeris which makes it harder to know what to do with them.

Maggie

Maggie

There’s also a couple of girls I haven’t decided whether or not I’ll breed them, and they would also have to be rotated in to visit Boeris.

Stormy

Stormy

On the back side of the barnyard, I’ll leave the llama and put Fionn and his ladies.

Djali

Djali

They also have a nice outdoors section.

Coffee, Vixen and Coral

Coffee, Vixen and Coral

He already bred Blaze for spring break babies, but I’ll let her stay over there with her twin sister Bonnie and thirteen other girls.

Blaze and Bonnie

Blaze and Bonnie

I’ve already covered the spaces on either side of the cattle tank so they can’t come through there.  I love that they can drink from either side, but being in the wide open is part of why it’s so hard to keep the tank from freezing.

cattle tank

I’ve also boarded up the bottom part of the dutch door where some ox might have poked his nosey head through many years ago.

barn

The last thing to do is separate the girls to their respective sides and put a panel across this doorway.

Lily and Cutie

I think Bud might be the big loser of this deal.  He’s going to go stay with Marley up north.  He’s never been separated from his sister, Flower, before.

Flower and Bud

Flower and Bud

Bud and Marley will stay up north where Marley and Fionn are now.  It’s a pretty small shelter, but two wethers should get along just fine.

Fionn, Marley, and Meg

Fionn, Marley, and Meg

I’m just pretty sure I don’t want a giant wether like Marley with my old and young girls.  He would still be interested in them romantically, and they don’t need a 200 pound wether jumping them.

Linking toWeekly Top ShotSOOC Sunday and Barn Charm.

40 Responses to “Getting Ready to Breed”

  1. TexWisGirl December 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    good lord, you’ve got a lot of shuffling to do!

    • Teresa December 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

      This is my biggest moving job of the year!

  2. Pondside December 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Even with the names, instead of numbers, this looks to me like some very complicated math puzzle! Good luck!

    • Teresa December 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

      It’s not as bad as you might think. Last names help, and I know them all like my family. I can tell you their genealogies as far back as they go on my farm.🙂

  3. artmusedog December 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Fantastic photography ~ love how some of your animals seem to pose for you ~ Great post ~ always enjoy coming here ~ Happy New Year to you ^_^

    • Teresa December 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      Thank you. I hope you have a great new year. I swear there’s several of the girls that just love the camera.

  4. genie December 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Your goats have to be the happiest and best treated one anywhere. I just love how you bring them all to life for us. I have fallen in love with Blaze and Bonnie. That photo is precious. I do not know how you do all the work raising your goats entails. You definitely have your hands full. Here’s wishing you human family and your extended goat family the happiest of new years. genie

    • Teresa December 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      Thanks so much. I don’t know about the best, but I do try to make sure they are happy and healthy. Bonnie and Blaze are both certainly beauty queens. Hope you have a fabulous new year!

  5. Mimi Foxmorton December 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Oooo! I can’t wait!
    Little snuzzle faces………..!🙂

    • Teresa December 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Just under three months until spring break babies and five months until the rest!

  6. Joani December 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    That looks like a lot of work and moving everything and especially since it is so cold and so much snow. I hope you have a little bit of help. Can’t wait see all the little ones. Happy New Year!

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 7:58 am #

      The snow can make it more of a challenge, but I think I’ve got it under control. Cutie with her aching hips is the only one I’m worried about moving without it hurting her.

  7. Stewart M December 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Fun and games for all no doubt!

    Your animals get to see more snow than my kids! 😉

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 7:59 am #

      I’m sure they’d be happy to send some of it to you. They aren’t exactly thrilled with it.

  8. Gemma Wiseman December 30, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Love how you treat your goats as intimate family! So very lovely! And enjoyed all the snowy scenes round the goats!

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 7:59 am #

      Thanks. They are family. I truly want them to have the best life I can give them.

  9. southwestarkie December 30, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    Wow, that’s a large bunch to keep up with! I hope you have a successful mating season. Happy New Year!

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      We have 45 goats here. I think all but two will be getting moved or shut in one place or the other.

  10. Anne (Cornucopia) December 30, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    Wonderful pictures!

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      Thanks. I love photographing my goats.

  11. Pinkoddy December 30, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    That is a lot of kids – but they are gorgeous

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      It will be, but I don’t plan on keeping any. They will all get sold.

  12. Nancy December 30, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Sounds like you’ve got a good plan in place, which makes the job alot easier.🙂

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      This will be the third year I’ve divided the barnyard like this. It seems to work well.

  13. Nancy @ Joyful Altitude December 30, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Like putting a jigzaw puzzle together. I admire what you do. Must be satisfying.

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 8:02 am #

      It is a wonderful way of life! It does take a bit of planning though.🙂

  14. Lorri December 30, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    What beautiful captures of the creatures. I love their expressions…sweetness multiplied.

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 11:06 am #

      Thanks. They really are great animals.

  15. Pat December 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Such beauties! Here’s to a successful 2013 breeding season!

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      It really needs to be better than last year.🙂

  16. Candy Conrad December 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    It’s good to have a plan and yours sounds like a good plan! I didn’t breed my goats this year so I’ll just have to enjoy your kids long distance!🙂

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

      I was wondering if you brought the buck back after they didn’t settle. That’s the only good thing about having your own buck. They are a concern the other 350 days out of the year though.😉

  17. Madge @ The View From Right Here December 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Musical pens and the company of a ram, what more could they want?? Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #63!

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      Boeris is certainly in favor of this plan! He’s been awfully lonely for a while.

  18. MG Atwood December 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I love goats! So cute!! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      They are great animals! Thanks for stopping by.

  19. Jen December 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    So much to do and keep up with… All your goats are so beautiful, I just love lookin at time. So many babies are gonna be born in 2013!

    • Teresa December 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      It will certainly be a busy month! I just hope we have an easier time this year since we’re actually getting some cold and snow.

  20. Meg January 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Wow! Sounds like you are super busy.

    • Teresa January 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

      It’s always busy on a farm! Thanks for stopping by.

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