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The First Moves

23 Jan

The first change I made last week was kicking some of the girls out of the buck room where they were with Xerxes.  The buck room is the nicest facilities for winter, but it’s not huge.

And there were too many goats in there.

Zinnia, LilyAnn, Sidney, Daisy, Xerxes, Margarita, Joy (Ava not pictured)

Especially when you have goats that can’t get along, and, trust me, no goat gets along.

Margarita

I had already swapped Astra back into the main herd after she was in heat and brought Sidney over in her place.

Astra and Perdita (with Wanda in front)

I planned on leaving Zinnia and her daughter Joy with Xerxes to give him company and to let them get bred because they are good moms and I need my milking girls to have kids.  They’ll be able to handle little ones while I’m gone on vacation next summer.

Zinnia peeking into the garage where we’ve been milking

I’d seen everyone else (except Margarita) come into heat, so I decided to move them all back with the main herd on Sunday and Monday before we got stupid cold again.

Ava

I didn’t want to mix goats when it was so cold because I don’t want someone to get pushed around and left outside in the cold. It would not be so crowded and easier for me to haul hay for three goats instead of eight.  And everyone else would just have to wait until it warmed up again. At least that was the plan…

Who’s In Heat?

9 Jan

When we’re breeding in the cold like this, it’s sometimes hard to notice when someone is in heat.  But Saturday it was pretty obvious who was not in heat.  Nothing going on with Xerxes and his girls.

Daisy, Xerxes, Margarita, Ava, Joy, Astra, LilyAnn, and Zinnia

No action with Freddie and his girls.

Pretzel checking out Purl and Freddie

Pretty boring with Benji and his girls.

Chiffon, 2TC, Trace, and Benji

So who was in heat that had Benji’s attention?

Maisie.

Benji and Maisie

She was flirting with every buck and wether on the farm.

with Myson

I’ve got news for her. She’s retired!

The Breeding Groups

6 Jan

Okay, so Xerxes is in the buck room with his girls. (Pictures are from last weekend because the days are still short.)

Xerxes

He has Astra, Ava, Joy, Zinnia, LilyAnn, Margarita, and Daisy.

LilyAnn

Freddie and his girls in the greenhouse and pen.

Freddie

It’s not a big outdoor pen, but with the cold weather, they don’t care that much.  As long as I give them hay.

Flora

He has Flora, Purl, and Onyx.  Penelope decided she wanted to be in there too, so she also joined them even though I think she’s bred.

Purl

I also put Popcorn in there because he’s a wimp and needs at least one friend with him.

Popcorn

Benji is up north with his girls.

Benji

He has Trace, Venus, 2TC, and Chiffon.  I also threw Cutie in there because she was in heat, but I’ll let her out tomorrow.  If she settles, that’s fine; if not, she’ll get the year off.

Trace

I have the old ladies and the ones I’m pretty sure are bred and the young ones in the main barnyard.

Reva is not getting close to a buck!

They and the llamas have access to the Back Forty.

Maybeline

I doubt they want to go out much because we’re back in cold weather again.

Aurora

Having it set up this way lets me still try to give Aurora and Dolly some extra food.

Dolly

We’ll see how this works.