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A Glitch or Two

17 Oct

Part IV of the spring break baby posts:  Even though my plan for spring break babies went well, there were a couple of minor glitches.  The first glitch is Bambi.  While I was taking Daisy over to put in with Xerxes, Bambi escaped.  She’s still where she is supposed to be with Fionn.  She just didn’t get a shot.  If she comes into heat and gets bred, that’s great.  If not.  She’ll either go in with a buck in June, or she might just retire.  We’ll see.

Bambi

Then there’s Hera.  I told you that she won’t let me touch her since I put the horn apparatus back on.  She was on the wrong side of the barnyard.

Hera

I couldn’t catch her to put her on the other side where there is no buck. She better hope she doesn’t come into heat.  Don’t you look at that little girl, Fionn!  I might also try to set a trap to catch her and throw her in with Harley.

Gidget, Hera, Fionn

My next glitch was coming home from work on Monday, when everyone was heat because of the shot I gave them, to find that Fionn and two of his girls busted into the small area where Xerxes was locked, and three of Xerxes’s girls had fled the pen.

Fionn has the horn injuries and a raw spot on his neck from Xerxes’s horn.

That meant buck fights in the pen and a whole lot of girls without a buck.  What is it about all the hormones that turn my sweet lover boys into fighters?

Xerxes has a raw spot on the back of his neck an the bruised and bloody eye and ear.

Hopefully, it wasn’t for too long and everyone still managed to get the job done.  They should heal from their minor fighting injuries without too much problem.

Mary

And when I got home Tuesday, Xerxes and Daisy were the only two left in the buck pen, so I finally gave up keeping them in the groups I wanted them in.  These goats.  I tell ya!

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Retired and Weaned

15 Oct

I have four girls retiring this year.  Obviously, Harley is not getting anywhere near a buck since she’s lucky to be alive after last year’s pregnancy with a back injury.

Harley (Pluto and Anubis in the back)

Dolly is also retiring.  She was ten when she had her kids in June, and that’s the oldest I’ve ever had kid.  If it weren’t for the copper, she could probably do it fine, but I’m not taking any chances.

Dolly

Cookie is also retiring since she really struggled with the anemia this year.  She also has really sagging stomach muscles, so it’s time.

Cookie

Then there’s Pistol.  She better stay retired this time.  No more oopsie babies.  I don’t care how cute they are!

Pistol

With moving the girls in with the bucks, that means I also had to wean a couple of my March girls.  Athena is actually being a big baby about it.

Athena

I’m glad to be getting all of Cinnamon’s milk for a change!  I also weaned Aphrodite.

Aphrodite

She took it much better than Athena.

My Plan Worked!

14 Oct

This is Part II of my continuing my posts on making spring break babies. Saturday morning, as soon as I got done milking, I started implementing my plan for making spring break kids.  I had set panels where I needed them the night before, and before everyone got up for the morning, I shut them in the barn.

Betty Lou

There was already a few goats up and out on my side of the barnyard, but most of them were my milking girls.  No worries.  I just grabbed my lutalyse and gave them a shot to bring them into heat.  I even managed to catch the three that weren’t my milking girls.  Since one of them was Vinnie, I was really shocked and happy!

Vinnie

I had to put Lily in the barn so I could let her out the other side, but that was easy peasy.

Lily

Then I just grabbed my drugs and syringe and started poking girls and putting them out into the barnyard.  As I caught the wethers and retired ones, I put them out of the barn on the other side of the barnyard.  I will say, I decided that once I caught Daisy, I wasn’t letting go, so I walked her all the way over to the buck pen where I planned on putting Xerxes with his girls.

Daisy Ann

It actually was easier than I thought it might be. I did change my mind on which buck a couple of the girls got put with, but overall, I’m happy to say it’s all good!

Xerxes

Along with Daisy, Xerxes got several Sam sisters.

Cutie, Astra, Ava, Xerxes, and Zinnia (Daisy in back)

It will be interesting to see if I can figure out how to milk Zinnia while she’s over there.  Tomorrow Part III.