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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).

Fall Routine

24 Sep

I’ve decided I need to make a bit of a change to the evening routine now that it’s fall.

coming up from pasture

I’ve added a bit of grain to their diet.

Blaze, 2TC, Caroline, Mary, Annie, and Hera

Not only is it good for them to help put on a bit of winter weight,

Astra

but it will help me be able to catch all those little boys I need to catch.

Tiger

Gill

Because I really need to catch those boys.

Dangit, Milo!

11 Aug

Milo and Addie were both likely to get their heads stuck.  Once I caught Milo and put him up north, he kept getting his head stuck, but not as often.  When I finally put him down south, he quit getting his head stuck.

Freddie, Milo, and Xerxes

That’s why I didn’t bother to try and figure out how to catch the wild thing to sell on Saturday.

Then, Saturday night, he got stuck.

He got stuck on Sunday.  He fights me every second of getting his head unstuck.  That means I’m nearly strangling him several times before I actually get his head out.  But he still keeps putting it through.  I’m now wishing I had hauled him down and sold him last weekend.

Not even a thank you before running away (Freddie watching).

And before anyone tells me that’s why they won’t have goats with horns, I had to literally cut Cookie’s head out of the fence on Saturday evening also. (I thought about making her wait for me to get the camera and take a picture, but I decided to be nice.)

Cookie

Don’t even ask me how she does that, but it’s not the first time I’ve had to do that.