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Bucks and Does and Breeding

9 Oct

It’s the time of year to start thinking about next season’s kidding.  I don’t get spring break from teaching this year, so I will have to plan babies around the Easter weekend, so I won’t mix bucks and does for about a month.

Xerxes and Sidney flirting through the fence

I only have three bucks on the farm now.  That’s a good thing.

Freddie is still trying to fully recover from his lack of copper earlier in the fall.

Hopefully, everyone cooperates and stays where I put them.

Does in pasture (bucks on the front pasture in the distance)

There are several old ladies who have been told in no uncertain terms that they are to stay far away from bucks.

Cinnamon

No more oopsie babies for these old ladies!

Stormy

Blaze

Victoria will be retiring and joining the “stay away from boys” group.

Bambi, Victoria, and Cinnamon

There’s a couple of girls I’d like to see gain some weight before being put in with a buck.  Like I said before, it’s been a rough fall for some reason.

Cupid

There’s a lot of girls who look good and I’m not worried about them being bred again.

Margarita

I have a few girls who will be first time moms next year.

first timer Chiffon with Myson in back

I’m still trying to decide who to put with each buck.  Part of that will be determined by how the two young bucks act.

Penelope (on top) is a first time mom; Joani, Hera, and Astra

I still have some girls to leave the farm.

Marin

They will not be easy to catch.

Fannie

They are the last batch to go this year (hopefully in one more batch).

More of Who’s Due

21 Feb

Annie is due over spring break.

Hopefully Antigone settled for June.

Aphrodite will hopefully give me June babies. Moose is just fat. 😉

Astra is due on April 1st.

Ava is also giving me spring break babies–probably my last Fionn babies.

Cutie is due over spring break.

I think Daisy settled for the first week of April.

Sidney (and her triplet sister LilyAnn) seems to have settled for the first week of April.

Victoria, the oldest one I purposely bred, is due over spring break.

Margarita managed to get herself bred for the last part of May.

A Year Like No Other

1 Feb

This kidding year will go down as the craziest ever on the farm. That is not a good thing.  I try really hard to plan my kidding  by synching the goats and bringing them into heat for spring break babies and then doing cleanup of whomever did not settle once I’m done teaching in June.  There’s an occasional oopsie baby.  Let’s face it, when Fionn can breed a girl through the fence, you’re going to have an occasional accident.

Fionn

This year we have had every possible disastrous event to create the maximum mayhem with kidding.  It started with Maisie settling at the end of July when she should never have been able to settle.  Goats are cold weather breeders, and we didn’t have a cold snap at the end of July.

Maisie and Uno

When I gave my girls shots to bring them into heat for spring break kids, I also gave my old ladies shots to make them abort if they had been accidentally bred by little bucks.  I would typically have sold them by then, but I had been sick; I hurt my foot; they had had issues with copper deficiency and had been wormed.  I couldn’t separate them from the girls because Fionn was in the Love Shack (he would have hurt them) and I had my old ladies up north.  I tried shutting some in the greenhouse, but they escaped.  My next best thing was giving the girls shots.  I did have four girls who aborted when I gave them shots.

Litha

Maisie and my other girls that I couldn’t catch for spring break kids didn’t get a shot.  Neither did some of the girls I was going to retire, but it probably wouldn’t hurt them if they had babies.  That’s why Blaze is in the garage.  I know she’s going to have kids, but I’m not sure when.

Blaze

It was right after the time I gave everyone shots that Zeus decided to start his antics of refusting to stay where I put him.  That caused I don’t know how many more rounds of shots for old ladies and ended with him being in the greenhouse–the only place I can keep him completely enclosed.

Zeus

I had two girls break in to be with Xerxes.  At least they were healthy girls I was planning on breeding, and I know when they are due.

Astra

I came home from work yesterday to find that Maggie had aborted. She wasn’t making any udder, and the babies were about four to six weeks early.  I had no idea she had been bred; she is one who had been given a shot to prevent that, so someone bred her after the shot.  I’m hoping her health will start to improve now that she’s not pregnant.  All the extra food will go to her now.

Margarita and Maggie

It also leaves me petrified for who else I  may have missed getting accidentally bred.  I have six young girls who are not supposed to be getting bred until they are older.  Three would probably be okay; three are way too young.

Moira

I’m still trying to decide for certain whether or not Mary is bred and when she might be due, and I have a couple of others that I haven’t seen in heat, so who knows.

Mary

I never want to have another year with this kind of chaos.