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Updates

22 Oct

Well, I came home from work on Wednesday and saw my first girl that I had in with a buck in heat–Cupid.

Cupid

I did some quick math in my head and decided she would be due on the Friday of spring break if she were to get bred, so I quickly put her in with Benji.  He wasted no time in doing his job.

Benji watching the girls

Frodo wanted to help, but he mostly bounced off Benji who was already busy.  Then Frodo decided it was better to just go eat his sweet feed.  That was a good plan.

Frodo

I only left her there for about ten minutes; we’ll see if she settles or not.  Of course, I realized after that that my math was off. She will be due on Saturday.  Hopefully, she doesn’t go overdue.  Anyhow, Thursday I came home from work and found that Purl had not come into heat.  She’ll hopefully get bred for early June.

Purl

I also had mentioned that Reva and Gidget were thin.  After getting the four grams of copper, Reva is looking good.  She’s really picking up weight.

Reva

Gidget, on the other hand, is still very skinny. I have her shut in the Love Shack so she isn’t using energy running around out in pasture.  She’s getting grain without anyone pushing her out, and she’s also getting sweet feed and calf starter along with all the hay she can eat.  Hopefully, she’ll start to perk up.

Gidget

Rosie is eating well and gaining her weight back.

Rosie

I am still letting her in to eat sweet feed too.

I don’t know why she was straddling the stool.

Tansy is also coming in for extra food.  She seems to be gaining weight also; it’s just not as quickly as Reva and Rosie.

Tansy still under weight

And I am not updating you on how Haley doesn’t even limp anymore.

Haley with Cinnamon behind her

And she’s almost looking fluffy!

Unmixing Goats

20 Oct

Sunday evening, I started the processing of separating the bucks and does.  When I came out to milk, Xerxes was in the barnyard with about half of his girls.  I walked up and let him sniff my fingers, which was enough to send him in a panic out to pasture.  Then I called to the rest of his girls.  Everyone came in except Antigone, so I left her with him until I could get everyone else sorted out.

Xerxes checking out Caroline on the picnic table

The next afternoon, I decided to get everyone else sorted off.  I managed to get Antigone to come through the gate into the main barnyard, and I managed to get all of Freddie’s girls to come out while I was feeding everyone.  I don’t know why it worked, but it did.

Freddie

I swear to you the hardest part was to get everyone to go back out to pasture.  They always do, but I had about seven girls moving every food pan searching for every piece of corn that was spilled.  Honestly.

Cupid and Tansy searching for corn (this was later as you can see by how dark it was)

I finally chased them out to pasture and put the panel back across the barn door.  Then I just opened Freddie’s gate and called to him to follow me.  And he did.

Freddie racing by Frodo and Rosie (his kids) and Lemuel.

Yay!  Freddie and Xerxes and all of their girls were where they belonged.  I decided I was just going to have the two bucks on the front pasture because they are still in rut and after having girls for a few days, I didn’t want them to get mean with Benji.  He’s really still just a kid.

Xerxes

That still left me Benji and his girls.

Trace, 2TC, and Venus in the buck room pen

I lured them into the buck room with some sweet feed and shut the door.

Benji Trace, Chiffon, 2TC, and Venus

It was actually surprisingly easy for me to catch Benji, and when I led him through the garage, the girls followed. It ended up being much easier to move him up north than I thought it was going to be.

Benji exploring his new area.

My final move was the three kids in the Love Shack.  I caught Lemuel and Frodo and put them up north with Benji.  That should be a safe combination.

Lemuel and Frodo

Then I let Rosie out with the rest of the herd.

Rosie (Her mom behind her won’t let her nurse; poor girl.)

All the herd is where they belong again!

Venus in pasture

Flora and Popcorn back together; challenging 2TC to fight

Cutie, Hilda, Bambi, and Myson

Antigone

I am going to try to get Gidget in the Love Shack to give her some extra care, but I’m hoping to be done moving goats around until it’s time to make June babies.

We’ll Have Lots of Kids

18 Oct

I don’t think I mentioned, but I did decide not to put Onyx in with a buck.  We’ll see if she grows any more.

Pluto, Onyx, Coral (Gidget and Popcorn behind)

It has been quite the busy couple of days out here.

Xerxes and his girls

I think my shots I gave the girls brought almost all of them into heat.

Antigone

It’s still weird looking out and seeing Xerxes in the barnyard.  I’m not used to that.

Xerxes enjoying the salt block

We’ll have lots of babies.  I think Margarita and Caroline are the only two with Xerxes who didn’t come into heat.

Margarita

I think Purl is the only one with Freddie I didn’t definitely see in heat; although, as wet as her tail is, she might have been bred.  Yes, she’s still spending a lot of time on top of that feeder.

Purl

I’m not sure about Benji’s girls.  He’s not an older, experienced buck, so that makes it harder for me to tell, but I think all but 2TC came into heat.

Chiffon, Trace, 2TC, and Benji

I’ll keep an eye on everyone to see who setttles or might come into heat in three weeks, but there will be a lot of kids in March.  Now, I just need to get everyone separated again.