Tag Archives: Annie

She Started a Trend

4 Apr

I shared yesterday that Cutie snuck out to the Back Forty.  The next day my mom sent me a text at work that I had a bunch of goats in the Back Forty.  Sure enough.  I got home today to find a few goats out there in pasture.

Blaze, Caroline, Annie, and Cookie

They saw me and came running because they didn’t want to miss their evening grain.

Blaze, Cookie, Caroline, and Annie

Astra shinnied right under the fence again.  Sidney was waiting her turn, and so was Haley.

Astra (with Sidney behind her)

Haley wasn’t so sure about fitting back through that little hole even though that’s where they went out.

Some goats just walked up to the gate to wait for me to let them in.

Coral and Annie

Haley still thought she should be able to make it back under there.  I’ve got news for her.  It’s a lot harder to shinny up hill.

Haley with Vanna waiting impatiently

I did go up and open the gate for those bigger girls (like my mom did yesterday).

Dolly

I had to be careful not to let other goats out.  Haley finally decided she was going to have to come through the gate.

Haley (with Stormy wanting out)

Blaze, however, was a bit concerned about getting beaten up by Stormy.  She decided she was going to make it back through that tiny spot.

Blaze

She did it!  And that is why they say if you throw water at a fence and it gets through, a goat can get through.

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Holy Mother of Oopsie Babies

6 Mar

I’ve had a hard time this year deciding who settled for spring break babies and then why I didn’t see several girls come into heat when I put them back in with Fionn for June kids.  It’s just been hard.  Lots of udders that are small, which isn’t unusual for such a cold winter.  But last week, I noticed that Pistol looked like she was gaining weight.

Pistol

Usually, this time of year, they start losing their winter fat, and she hasn’t had any winter fat to lose with the rough winter.  Sunday, I did a quick udder check.  She’s definitely making an udder.

Two years ago, she had oopsie babies when Fionn bred her through the fence.  Granted, oopsie babies are cute, but still…  I like to know when they are coming.

Tommy and PJ

I do remember when I had the girls with Fionn for spring break breeding, Pistol and Fionn were making out through the fence, but what are the chances he’d do that again?

Then I remembered that I had a horrible fall.  I couldn’t manage to get rid of the last of my little bucks.  I had Colt, Biscuit and Butter with the girls way longer than they should have been.   I was a bit worried, but most of the time they were sick with worms (part of why they weren’t sold sooner).

Reva watching Colt, Biscuit and Butter on Farina

When I shut the boys in, I ended up giving all my little girls a shot.  That was the last I thought about it.

Fionn, Sam, Sidney, and Colt

Now that I figured out Pistol is pregnant, I started thinking about when I removed the little bucks.  Even though I saw Haley and Victoria come back into heat after attempting to breed them for spring break kids, but I haven’t seen them come back into heat after that one time–not even when they were with Fionn to try and make June babies.  That started making sense.  They kind of feel like they are making an udder, especially Haley, but it isn’t anywhere near as big as I think it should be.  I’m guessing that means they are due three weeks later.

Haley

Victoria

But, as I was going through the files to find a picture of my little bucks, I found this gem that shows Victoria making out with Sam.  And look!  It’s after I shut the two little boys in.  I have no idea who is due and who is not.  Or when they might be due.

Colt, Butter, Sam and Victoria

Harley had been given a shot, but she never came into heat when I was trying to breed for spring break babies.  That means, even though I didn’t see it, she probably came into heat the next week.  I’m guessing she might be due about four weeks after spring break.  Again, I didn’t see her come into heat when she was with Fionn to make June babies.  But sometimes it’s hard to notice when it’s cold and the days are short.

Harley

Vinnie also feels like she’s making an udder, and I never saw her come into heat for June babies when I had her shut in with Sam.  Because I hadn’t given her a shot to bring her into heat for spring break babies (because I couldn’t catch her), I don’t know what her heat cycle was.  I have no clue when she might be due.  To make it harder, Vinnie, Haley, Harley, and Pistol all had kids on them fairly late in the season, and it takes a while for their udders to go back down in size.  That is part of what I’ve been trying to decide with a couple of the girls–newly developing udder or drying up.

Vinnie

Then it makes me wonder about Ava.  I hadn’t felt an udder on her until a couple weeks after I started feeling everyone else’s udders.  That means they might have bred her too, but I doubt it.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see if she has babies over spring break.  If not, she’ll be due three weeks later.

Ava

Same thing with Annie (who is an oopsie baby herself).  She almost feels like she’s starting to make an udder now, but she didn’t feel like it at all a week ago.  I was pretty certain about calling her open (and just fat).  Now I’m not so sure.

Annie

Basically, I’m saying I have not a clue who is having spring break babies, who might be bred for the next month, and who will have June babies.

Ava and Harley

I can say with Pistol and any of the girls who have kids other than on spring break if the kids have wattles, they belong to Colt; if the kids are polled, they belong to Butter; if the kids have horns and no wattles, I have no clue who they belong to.

Colt and Butter

It could be an interesting next month or so trying to figure it all out.  This is why I try to practice good animal husbandry skills.  Obviously, this year was an epic failure.

Udder Check Season

15 Feb

It’s about a month until we have spring break babies.

Gidget (and Ava in back)

I’m getting anxious to know who actually settled or if I missed someone coming back into heat.

Cinnamon

Since they are this close, I can start to feel udders to see if they are starting to make milk.

Hilda

It’s not an exact science as to when they will start developing, especially with the cold we’ve had.

Clover

They tend not to drop until just before they kid when it’s really cold.

Wanda

I know some are making udders, but others will just have to keep me guessing for a little while yet.

Cutie, Sallie (retired) and Annie

I hope we warm up by the time we start kidding.

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