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More of Who’s Due

21 Feb

Annie is due over spring break.

Hopefully Antigone settled for June.

Aphrodite will hopefully give me June babies. Moose is just fat. ūüėČ

Astra is due on April 1st.

Ava is also giving me spring break babies–probably my last Fionn babies.

Cutie is due over spring break.

I think Daisy settled for the first week of April.

Sidney (and her triplet sister LilyAnn) seems to have settled for the first week of April.

Victoria, the oldest one I purposely bred, is due over spring break.

Margarita managed to get herself bred for the last part of May.

A Year Like No Other

1 Feb

This kidding year will go down as the craziest ever on the farm. That is not a good thing. ¬†I try really hard to plan my kidding ¬†by synching the goats and bringing them into heat for spring break babies and then doing cleanup of whomever did not settle once I’m done teaching in June. ¬†There’s an occasional oopsie baby. ¬†Let’s face it, when Fionn can breed a girl through the fence, you’re going to have an occasional accident.

Fionn

This year we have had every possible disastrous event to create the maximum mayhem with kidding. ¬†It started with Maisie settling at the end of July when she should never have been able to settle. ¬†Goats are cold weather breeders, and we didn’t have a cold snap at the end of July.

Maisie and Uno

When I gave my girls shots to bring them into heat for spring break kids, I also gave my old ladies shots to make them abort if they had been accidentally bred by little bucks. ¬†I would typically have sold them by then, but I had been sick; I hurt my foot; they had had issues with copper deficiency and had been wormed. ¬†I couldn’t separate them from the girls because Fionn was in the Love Shack (he would have hurt them) and I had my old ladies up north. ¬†I tried shutting some in the greenhouse, but they escaped. ¬†My next best thing was giving the girls shots. ¬†I did have four girls who aborted when I gave them shots.

Litha

Maisie and my other girls that I couldn’t catch for spring break kids didn’t get a shot. ¬†Neither did some of the girls I was going to retire, but it probably wouldn’t hurt them if they had babies. ¬†That’s why Blaze is in the garage. ¬†I know she’s going to have kids, but I’m not sure when.

Blaze

It was right after the time I gave everyone shots that Zeus decided to start his antics of refusting to stay where I put him. ¬†That caused I don’t know how many more rounds of shots for old ladies and ended with him being in the greenhouse–the only place I can keep him completely enclosed.

Zeus

I had two girls break in to be with Xerxes.  At least they were healthy girls I was planning on breeding, and I know when they are due.

Astra

I came home from work yesterday to find that Maggie had aborted. She wasn’t making any udder, and the babies were about four to six weeks early. ¬†I had no idea she had been bred; she is one who had been given a shot to prevent that, so someone bred her after the shot. ¬†I’m hoping her health will start to improve now that she’s not pregnant. ¬†All the extra food will go to her now.

Margarita and Maggie

It also leaves me petrified for who else I  may have missed getting accidentally bred.  I have six young girls who are not supposed to be getting bred until they are older.  Three would probably be okay; three are way too young.

Moira

I’m still trying to decide for certain whether or not Mary is bred and when she might be due, and I have a couple of others that I haven’t seen in heat, so who knows.

Mary

I never want to have another year with this kind of chaos.

Trying to Decide

14 Jan

I still have a few girls I’m trying to decide whether or not they are bred for spring break.

LilyAnn (with Haley looking on)

If I can catch them, I might throw them in the greenhouse with Zeus and Anubis just to make sure.

Athena

I’m also going to try to put Wanda in there. ¬†She’s still not as heavy as I’d like, and her fur is just starting to grow back from where she scraped it off.

Wanda

I’m also looking at a couple of other girls who might just be going to have oopsie babies before spring break. ¬†Hopefully, it won’t be until after we’re done breeding for June babies because Zeus and Anubis are going to get sold right away after we’re done. ¬†I just need the space.

Blaze

I am really going to be glad when this kidding year is done.