June Babies

4 Jan

Last year was really hard on the girls and kids with so many of them being born in June.  When I talked to my vet, he said it was the same with his sheep–they thrive when they are born early in the spring, but struggle when they are born later.

Cutie ended up with horrible bottle jaw last summer raising her big buck.

If you remember, I didn’t have a lot of girls settle for spring break.  Okay, I think there’s ten for spring break.

I think Purl will give me one of my last Freddie babies (standing with Pluto)

But they were all coming back into heat for Easter weekend, so I am planning on a lot of them that weekend. I think there’s thirteen for that long weekend.

I think Bubbles is due April 9th.

So who does that leave for June babies?  Well, I’ve decided to give Astra the year off.  She really struggled with her babies last June, so I’m not going having her kid in June this year.

Astra munching hay with daughter Perdita (due in March with Freddie babies)

I haven’t seen Chiffon come back into heat since I put her in for Easter weekend, so I’m not sure on her.  Same thing as Astra though.  If she’s not bred for Easter, she’ll get the year off.

I think Chiffon is due for Easter

The two I know need to be bred and will get put in with Frodo are Zinnia and Trace.  This is Trace’s last chance before I decide she’s a freemartin.  Then I have to make the decision on whether or not to keep a goat I can’t touch (and maintain).

Trace (butting heads with Athena)

I’m not sure what’s going on with Ostara. As a little girl, she is not hanging out with the bucks when she comes into heat.  But she had the little incident of getting a shot to make sure she wasn’t bred and then busting back onto the other side with Benji, and then I couldn’t catch her to take her out. So I have no idea what’s going on with her.  We’ll see.


And then there’s Pretzel.  Because she’s young, she’s not quite so obvious when she’s in heat, so I thought she was bred, but I wasn’t sure.


Well, she aborted over winter break.

That tiny bit of blood; she was not very far along.

I don’t know why.  But she’ll have some time to recover.  I might put her in with Frodo to see if she’ll settle for later in the summer.  We’ll see.

4 Responses to “June Babies”

  1. janicead January 4, 2023 at 11:37 pm #

    With all the issues of last year including having trouble getting the extra kids sold, you are one brave soul to be considering June babies again!

  2. Eileen Wise January 5, 2023 at 5:26 am #

    I hope all goes well with the girls. Cute photos! Take care, enjoy your day!

  3. Jeanne January 5, 2023 at 6:43 pm #

    Very interesting reading, and the pictures are great! I didn’t realize that Trace hasn’t given birth to kids. How old is she? I’ve learned about freemartins, but didn’t realize Trace may turn out to be one.

    That’s too bad about Pretzel aborting during the winter break. I hope she can be bred again.

    Have a good weekend.

    • Teresa January 7, 2023 at 8:08 am #

      Trace will be three in March. Pretzel will be fine, but we’ll see if she gets bred this year or next.

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