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The First Moves

23 Jan

The first change I made last week was kicking some of the girls out of the buck room where they were with Xerxes.  The buck room is the nicest facilities for winter, but it’s not huge.

And there were too many goats in there.

Zinnia, LilyAnn, Sidney, Daisy, Xerxes, Margarita, Joy (Ava not pictured)

Especially when you have goats that can’t get along, and, trust me, no goat gets along.

Margarita

I had already swapped Astra back into the main herd after she was in heat and brought Sidney over in her place.

Astra and Perdita (with Wanda in front)

I planned on leaving Zinnia and her daughter Joy with Xerxes to give him company and to let them get bred because they are good moms and I need my milking girls to have kids.  They’ll be able to handle little ones while I’m gone on vacation next summer.

Zinnia peeking into the garage where we’ve been milking

I’d seen everyone else (except Margarita) come into heat, so I decided to move them all back with the main herd on Sunday and Monday before we got stupid cold again.

Ava

I didn’t want to mix goats when it was so cold because I don’t want someone to get pushed around and left outside in the cold. It would not be so crowded and easier for me to haul hay for three goats instead of eight.  And everyone else would just have to wait until it warmed up again. At least that was the plan…

One Foggy Christmas Eve

25 Dec

Christmas Eve began gray, foggy and drizzly.

It must have been too foggy for Lemuel to see the fence because he was stuck.  Since he was stuck, I decided it was a perfect day to do a round of copper.

He gets stuck again, and I’ll put a horn apparatus back on him.

It really was time.  A couple of the girls are looking a bit depleted.  Hopefully, this will get their fur back in shape and help them out headed into winter.

Cinnamon

Flower

The sun came out later, and it was an unusually warm day, so it was actually pretty nice to go spend an afternoon with the goats.

Benji has gotten really friendly.

Ava

I hope you all have had a wonderful day.

More Girls In Heat

14 Nov

I swear, I’m starting to wonder if Xerxes bred any of his girls because more have come into heat this week.

Daisy

I’m really disappointed that so many of my milking girls didn’t settle.

Ava

Since Cutie had been a bit run down, I’m not surprised, and it’s probably better for her to have a year off.

Cutie

Usually, it would be no big deal that they didn’t settle; I’d just put them back with a buck for June babies.

Zinnia

But this year, actually leaving the farm for a vacation leaves me a bit concerned about having a lot of little goats.

Aphrodite

I’m not sure how much I can get anyone to do to help while I’m gone.  I don’t have a long time to make the decision about who to breed for June kids.