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Bucks and Does and Breeding

9 Oct

It’s the time of year to start thinking about next season’s kidding.  I don’t get spring break from teaching this year, so I will have to plan babies around the Easter weekend, so I won’t mix bucks and does for about a month.

Xerxes and Sidney flirting through the fence

I only have three bucks on the farm now.  That’s a good thing.

Freddie is still trying to fully recover from his lack of copper earlier in the fall.

Hopefully, everyone cooperates and stays where I put them.

Does in pasture (bucks on the front pasture in the distance)

There are several old ladies who have been told in no uncertain terms that they are to stay far away from bucks.

Cinnamon

No more oopsie babies for these old ladies!

Stormy

Blaze

Victoria will be retiring and joining the “stay away from boys” group.

Bambi, Victoria, and Cinnamon

There’s a couple of girls I’d like to see gain some weight before being put in with a buck.  Like I said before, it’s been a rough fall for some reason.

Cupid

There’s a lot of girls who look good and I’m not worried about them being bred again.

Margarita

I have a few girls who will be first time moms next year.

first timer Chiffon with Myson in back

I’m still trying to decide who to put with each buck.  Part of that will be determined by how the two young bucks act.

Penelope (on top) is a first time mom; Joani, Hera, and Astra

I still have some girls to leave the farm.

Marin

They will not be easy to catch.

Fannie

They are the last batch to go this year (hopefully in one more batch).

The Plan

10 Sep

I swear my plans always seem to go awry.  I planned to have all the March/April kids sold by now, but there were storms and power outages, and injuries and holidays.  I need to sell the rest of the kids.

Marin

Partly because of the copper issues.  I hate selling kids with icky looking tails because people assume they are wormy.  They aren’t.  They just need a better diet because they are too wild for me to easily catch and give a copper capsule.

Milo

They are at risk of becoming seriously ill. I hate getting into the cycle of low copper and worms and having it spiral out of control.  It breaks my heart, but I couldn’t save Avril.  I lost her on Tuesday.

Avril right before she crashed with polio because I over-estimated her weight

It just becomes a nightmare trying to coordinate dates and help for loading out and such, but I’m planning on selling the next round this weekend.  I really have to get rid of the boys because of the risk of oopsie babies.  I don’t want another free-for-all kidding season.

Festus

It won’t be long until I have to do something with those last little boys too–Seven, Octavius, and Archie.

Octavius in front of maa, Margarita

And nothing better interfere with my plans this time!

Who’s Staying

2 Aug

Every year I end up keeping a few goats.  I’m trying to let the herd get smaller, but I’m also trying to create the perfect kid, so some will be forever keepers, and some will be here for a while.  I’ve already shared the two bucks I’m using.  They will be here for a year or two.

Freddie

Tiger with his maa, Cupid (and Blaze in the background)

I also have shared that I’m keeping Onyx to help me make the perfect kid.

Onyx would not quit eating to look at me.

Of course, Popcorn is staying.  That’s why I made him a wether.

My baby, Popcorn.

Then there’s Purl.  Her naughty pain of a mother is my only Minnie descendent, so Purl stays as a backup.  She’s still sweet.

Purl running to see me.

Those are the only ones I’m really and truly planning on keeping.  Of course, sometimes my emotions take over, and someone else ends up staying.

Isn’t 2TC gorgeous?

I’m not saying that’s the case with 2TC, but she is high on my list of wishing I didn’t have to sell her.