Tag Archives: bucks

Best Buds

27 May

Uno and Xerxes have settled in together quite nicely.  Most times they are hanging right next to each other.

Uno and Xerxes

Uno has recovered from being weaned, and Xerxes is much happier now that he has company again.

The other day, I looked out the window and they were playing like a couple of kids.  Seriously, they were chasing each other up the fallen tree and running around the Quonset hut.

fallen tree in the back is what they were racing over

Silly boys.

Eventually, I’ll wean my two little bucks that I’m going to keep (for at least one breeding season) and add them to the mix.

Freddie

Uno will get to stay for a while longer, and then I’ll sell him when it’s time for people to be looking for new breeding bucks.  Until then, they can keep being best buds.

Back Together Again

27 Apr

I opened the barnyard up to let all the goats back together again on Thursday.  It took everyone a while to figure it out.  Even after most of them ended up in the Back Forty on Friday morning, Astra was still on the front pasture with her little girl.  I got her to come up to the barnyard, but she was attacked by all three kids as soon as she got to the barnyard.

Astra, Joker, Avril, and Jester

When I was trying to show her she could go to the Back Forty, everyone else came up.

Myson, Caroline, and LilyAnn

Caroline and Myson are always first; LilyAnn was on a mission.  She had left Tish up here, and she needed to feed her girl.

LilyAnn feeding Tish

Since I didn’t give them grain, it wasn’t long before everyone went back out to pasture!  Then I tried to move the bucks back onto the front pasture, but the rest of the herd heard me and came back up.

Xerxes

Luckily, I had put my panel across, so they had to stay on the other side, and I could still move my boys.

Moose and Uno wondering why they can’t get through.

Fionn and Xerxes know the routine: follow me where I want you to be and then you can have the food.

Fionn and Xerxes

Some goats might have been jealous.

Myson

Finally, I just had to remove the panels by the cattle tank.  The lazy ones will appreciate not having to go all the way back up to the barn to walk through to the other side.

Jester

In a couple of weeks, I’ll see about moving Maggie and Harley up where the two bucks were.

Maggie

I need to let the grass grow out for a little while first.  Then I should be done moving goats for most of the summer!

What Have I Done?

19 Feb

With Maggie aborting, it threw me into a panic of who else might be bred. I spent some time last weekend doing udder checks–feeling udders to see who might be pregnant.  There’s no need to check Blaze.  I just need her to pop those oopsie babies out so I can quit getting up at two in the morning.

Blaze

No need to check Gidget either.  She’s obviously due for spring break, just like I planned.

Joani, Gidget, Cutie, Bubbles

I checked all my little girls, and they are good–no udders growing.  Well, except, I couldn’t truly check Bubbles because she threw a hissy fit and wouldn’t let me touch her, but I will keep trying to check her.

Bubbles

Her maa, however, is another story.  Mary is definitely making an udder.

Mary

I also think Joani is going to have kids well before June.  You might recall, she just spent time with Fionn to get bred.  I think that was a waste of time now.

Joani

I’m guessing she’ll be due around the other girls who Zeus bred for the first week of April.

Cupid and Hera are both expecting the first part of April (and making udders)

I was suspicious about Cookie a while ago, so I felt her again, and I am afraid she is pregnant.  She really struggled last year, so I had no intention of breeding her.  Like Maggie, she’d been given a shot to prevent it.

Cookie

Then I checked Dolly because I know she shouldn’t be bred.  I gave her two or three shots (every dang time Zeus got out).  I really hate to say it, but she feels like she’s making an udder.

Pluto (her last kid) and Dolly

She’s going to be twelve this summer.  At this point, I began wondering if I was wrong and just couldn’t tell if they were making an udder.  I hope I’m wrong.

I checked Litha and Stormy and Bonnie and Harley–all goats I’ve seen in heat.  Not making an udder.

Stormy

Luckily, Coral, who has never had a baby, isn’t making an udder.

Coral (Reva behind her is due for spring break)

I didn’t check Penny because she hurts me when I touch her udder, but I’ll try to sneak a feel when I can find an opportunity.

Penny

All these really old girls (or the ones I was just planning on retiring), are getting extra care (food and copper).

Cinnamon

Bambi

I hope it’s enough.  I really do wonder if the bottle of lutalyse was bad.  I’ve never had it fail before.