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Holy Crazy Hormones

14 Oct

This past week was the time for me to give my girls shots to bring them into heat and mix them with the boys.  The hormones here are a bit crazy.  The girls are swarming around the bucks.

Sam is happy.

Fionn is happy.

Xerxes–not so much.

He lost his girls and ripped his ear.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time hobbling the pen around the greenhouse back together.

I did at least put Cutie back in with him for company, but I let Ava stay out.  If everyone settles, I think we’ll have sixteen girls due to have babies on the week of spring break.

Edit:  I just came back in from the barnyard.  Make that seventeen for spring break babies if they all settle.

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In Search of the Perfect Kid

7 Oct

I have had goats now for fourteen years.  I’ve had a lot of kids born on the farm.  I currently have around forty-five forever goats.  I want this number to get smaller because, quite honestly, I’m getting old and want less work.  At the same time, I’m horribly sentimental, so I want to keep descendants from all my goats. Well, at least all my original lines.  That means:  Millie, Minnie, Maddie, Cutie, Meg, Scarlet, Grace, Annie, Mabel, and Coffee for the girls.  All of my bucks:  Ozzy, Grover, Jack, Boeris, and Sam.  I’ve decided to create the perfect kid–a kid that has blood from all of those goats listed before.

Gidget

I have it narrowed down to five girls and Xerxes that I have to somehow combine.  It will take another three or four generations, but I think I can do it.

Hilda

I have also decided I might use a buck because I don’t want to keep a ton of goats now.  Just one or two over the next few years.  That adds another level of challenging to it.

Blaze

So if Blaze and Fionn have an awesome buck, I could breed it to Hilda and keep a girl from that combination.  Then, even if I sold the buck, the kids would still be from that line  (That’s how I got Dolly.  I kept Millie’s buck, Bam Bam and bred him to Lily.  That turned out pretty darn cute and sweet.).

Ava

In some lines, I also have a couple of generations I can use–Bonnie, Blaze and Gidget; Wanda and Ava.

Wanda

There are a couple that I only have one from that line to continue it on–Hilda and Cutie.

Cutie

Of course, I have lots of kids that have Millie, Scarlet, Mabel, Maddie, Annie, Ozzy, and Grover in them.  Yes, Sidney (and LilyAnn) come from all of them.

Sidney

It will be interesting to see what combinations I can come up with to do this as quickly (and cute, sweet and healthy) as possible.

The Scent of the Season

9 Aug

Rut seems to be well under way here.  It seems a bit early.

Sam Goodberry

Our favorite pass times are peeing our ourselves and then curling our lips.

Fionn Osboer

Blubbering over the girls.

Maisie and Fionn

Trying to rub our stink on each other.

Xerxes and Sam

I am actually pretty optimistic that Xerxes will be more interested in girls than hay this year.  That’s a good thing since he’ll get several first time moms this fall.

Xerxes Moxon Osboer

You know, for his huge size and even huger horns, Fionn is so much easier to work with than either of the other two boys.  Look at that sweet, stinky smile.

They are really stinky.