Tag Archives: breeding

Dear Human

27 Jan

I know we’ve been begging for weeks to be let out of this pen so we can rejoin the big herd.  I know we’ve been trying to fit through the gate.

Xerxes, Zinnia, Sidney, and LilyAnn

But the second you open the gate and tell us we have to come through, it’s not going to happen.  We are goats.  We do not listen to what you tell us to do.  No siree!  No way!

Oh, and about those broken fingernails you’re blaming on us.  We really don’t care.

Sincerely,

Sidney, LilyAnn, and Zinnia

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Watching for Heat Signs

14 Jan

I’m watching all my girls for signs of being in heat.  I like to know when I’m going to have babies due.  So far, the only girl I’ve seen in heat is Betty Lou.

Betty Lou

That’s good because she’s not supposed to be bred because she’s retired, but that doesn’t help me.  Fionn will do his job when girls come into heat, and I just hope I notice.

Haley and Fionn

Sam is also good at his job.  I thought he was done, but I decided to put him and Vinnie together in the Love Shack because they neither one likes the cold, and I’ve given them a heat lamp.

Vinnie and Sam

Xerxes has his girls, but he’s not quite as dedicated to his job.

Dolly, Sidney, LilyAnn, Xerxes (and Zinnia behind the post)

In fact, he’s still almost more interested in seeing if I have peanuts than he is in girls.

“Did you bring me a peanut?”

I don’t know what I’m going to do with this boy.  He better figure it out.

Moving the Goats Around

7 Jan

Today was the day I moved my goats around to make June babies.  It was an off-and-on process that took most of the day, but I got everyone where they belong!  Sam and Vinnie were easy.  They are in the Love Shack.

Sam

Vinnie was happy to see her little girls, even if she is still shut away from them.  It didn’t stop her from talking to yelling at them.

Vinnie and Sam

Xerxes was easy to move up north.  I had no problems getting my three February girls, Sidney, LilyAnn and Zinnia, up there with him.

Xerxes and Sidney

Although, LilyAnn did escape once before I had the gate securely fastened.

LilyAnn

It was pretty easy to get Dolly to go up there too, but when I came out later, she was standing in the outside bird pen.  That would be because of the hole Sam put in the fence.  I hobbled it and got her back up there.  As of this evening, they are all four with him yet.

“Don’t laugh.  I got to eat the birds’ grain.” –Dolly

Fionn didn’t have to move.  I just had to bring girls to him.

Fionn

I caught Victoria, Haley, Harley, Reva and Cookie and put with him.

Harley and Reva

I was going to put Stormy in there, but she seemed a bit off this morning.  She is better this afternoon, so I’ll keep an eye on her and decide if I want to put her in there in the next couple of days.

Stormy

Otherwise, we have ten girls with the boys in hopes of lots of healthy little June babies!