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.

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And So It Begins

13 Oct

Last night I started plans for making spring break babies.  I wanted to just do everything last night, but there’s not enough time in the evenings after I get home.  Besides, with all the rain, the goats prefer to stay out in the pasture until they have to come up.  But I got things ready to go.  The first thing was to move Harley and the boys to the Love Shack.

Pluto, Harley and Anubis

The boys aren’t too happy with the small  pen, but they are not big enough to do a buck’s job yet.  That means hanging out with their honorary granny goat.

Anubis and Pluto

I kicked Antigone out so she could just be with her mom again.

Antigone

I noticed that Caroline was in heat.  Since they are only in heat for about a day, I decided I had to put her in with the buck if I wanted her to have spring break kids.  I put her up north where Harley had been.

Sweet Caroline

Then I caught Zeus and threw him in with her.  He still looks like such a kid!  Hopefully he’s up to the task.

Zeus

As I was finishing, I saw Wanda was starting to flag (wag her tail at the boys), so I threw her up there too.

Wanda

That means we’ve already started!  Woo hoo!  Spring break 2019!

Noooo, Mooose!

12 Oct

Moose is a brat.  I cannot forget to use twine to tie my chicken pen gate shut.  If I do, Moose opens it.

Seriously.  He checks every time he goes past the gate.

He just flicks the latch up.

Then he grabs a wire and pulls it open.

If I do forget and he gets it open, then I have pretty much the whole herd in there.  They refuse to leave until I yell, and jump up and down, and occasionally, I have to start crying before they will actually leave.  Okay, that’s a tiny exaggeration (but not much).

It would be bad for him and the other wethers to eat the chicken feed (bladder stones).  I try really hard to remember and tie it shut, but man.  He’s a pain.