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Finally Finished

22 Jun

We are finally finished kidding for 2019!  Vinnie had her twins yesterday, on the first day of summer.

Vinnie and kids

For some reason, I ended up naming all of her kids with V names.  It started with Victoria, and it ends with these last two.  The lack of copper was really hard on her with the pregnancy this time, and these will be her last babies.  I present to you Vinnie and her buck, Vulcan.

This is her doe, Venus.

Venus

She didn’t have babies last year when we were doing Mythology names, so I thought I’d use them this year.

Vulcan

You know what the end of kidding means…I get to sleep all night long!

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We’ve Got Milk

20 Jun

Once again, moving the moms into the north paddock means I don’t have room to wean anyone else.  That means, Snow White is still out nursing her mom.

Snow White

That means I can’t milk Caroline yet.

Caroline

I’m not too upset about that because I’m getting quite a bit of milk from Ava and Astra.  This is one day’s milking.  Astra is pretty consistent from morning to night milking.  I get a little bit more from her in the evening.  I can’t believe how much more Ava gives me at night.  It’s crazy!  In the morning I get right at a quart.  At night, she almost gives me a half gallon on her own.

I’m glad to be getting so much because Penny’s boy Frisco is getting a bottle.

Frisco getting a bottle; Penny eating and Pipsqueak nursing

She is actually being pretty nice about it.  In the past, she’s tried killing me for feeding her kids.  I still get a little nervous when she gets close to me.

Penny and Pipsqueak

I’m guessing LilyAnn is making a ton of milk too.  Her udder looks huge, and little Ringo has exploded in colostrum poop scours.

LilyAnn

She better appreciate me cleaning that up for her.

Ringo

I also think his tail is permanently stuck in that position from being folded like that before he was born.

Moving and Birthing

18 Jun

I decided I had to move my moms from the two buildings where they were penned to the north paddock.

Daisy and Dahlia

Unfortunately, I still have a lot of my March babies up there.

Bubbles, Sacagewea, Moira, Squanto, Angela, John and Tootles

That means it’s kind of crowded and going to get eaten down, and I don’t have enough shelter if we get bad storms. I’d have to go out and move someone.  I’m thinking aobut letting Bubbles and a couple of other kids back with the big herd, but I don’t want to put kids out there to reunite with their moms to be sold in just a couple of weeks.  We’ll see how it goes.

Bubbles (these kids never stand still)

It wasn’t too bad to get everyone moved up there.

Bambi and Lucky

I also spent a big part of the day putting chicken wire on the panels between the yard and barnyard. Pepe was a good little helper.  He was nibbling my ear and being pretty sweet.

Pepe

The chicken wire was necessary though because the little babies just zip through the cattle panels like nothing, and Sky would treat them like they were a funny-colored short-tailed squirrel.  That would  not be good.

Sky

I really had to get them moved because I did not have room for poor LilyAnn.  I had to shut her in because she had her kid!

LilyAnn and her baby

She had one big boy.

Ringo

I think his name is Ringo (because of the little ring of white around his one front ankle.

Vinnie

Now we’re just waiting on Vinnie.  Come on, Vinnie!  I want to sleep!