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One-Shot Benji

25 Jan

You might remember that the day after I separated the bucks and does when we were making spring break babies is when Cupid decided to come into heat.  I threw her in with Benji and told him he had one shot at breeding her.

Benji

After I finished with chores, I took her out.  Well, I’d say his one shot worked.

Cupid (hard to see how round she is with all the winter fur)

Two days after I separated Benji and his girls, 2TC came into heat.

2TC

So I told him he had one shot to breed her.

This time, he actually only got about two minutes with her. It was cold.  I wasn’t waiting.

2TC (with Perdita in back)

We’ll see if that took or not in about three weeks.

2TC and Cupid–the “one-shot girls”

If it worked, he might just have to be forever known as “One-shot Benji.”

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…

More From the Storm

20 Jan

My dog was not happy that I did not start with scooping snow in the yard.

Sky

But, honestly, he spent a lot of the time (and I had a three-day weekend) lounging in the house.

Sky–wet from being out in the snow

Salem, Tiger, and Sky sharing the water bucket

And I did get it scooped Sunday morning because I wanted to make sure it would melt the last of the snow/ice I couldn’t get when we were back in the upper 30s on Tuesday.

The cats were all snuggled in too.

Tiger and Salem

My driveway was really drifted too.

Luckily my nephew came with the backhoe and cleared it out.

I am so grateful that he comes to do my driveway.

Finally, I’ve started seeing some of the girls with Xerxes coming into heat.

Xeres

Xerxes with LilyAnn and Daisy. I think they’ve both come into heat.

But I seriously hope I’ve missed a bunch of them coming into heat because of the weather.

I already moved Astra over so she could be back with Perdita

I’m getting ready to separate them because I don’t want to have kids all summer with the planned genealogy trip.