Tag Archives: Cinnamon

He’s Back to Being Bad

16 Oct

Mr. Gander is feeling much better.  He’s so much better that he’s back to harassing attacking goats.

There’s also a new game in the barnyard.

Cinnamon and Ava made it safely through.

The geese stand in front of the milk room door.

Joy coming over the posts

They make the goats do a mad dash to make it in to get milked without getting attacked.  Remind me why I took those two ganders in.

In other milking news, I decided I wasn’t a fan of the game where I had to chase Aphrodite and drag her across the barnyard to milk her.

Aphrodite

We’ll deal with training her next summer.  Maybe.

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).

New Milkers

5 Oct

After selling the four boys, I had Joy and Aphrodite that I thought about milking.  I tried them both.

Aphrodite’s perfect udder

Did you bring me a peanut or any food?

Joy was first.  A couple days before I sold the kids, she started coming to the milk room with her mom. I think the MGIT (Milk Goat In Training) program worked!

Joy

I let her in and trimmed hooves, and she was happy to come in after Seven was gone because she likes sweet feed.

Milking was a bit different though.  She squatted and crouched down, and I could hardly reach my hands under to her udder. She was determined she was going to eat, but she was not about to pick her back end up and stand.

already doing better the second day

Poor girl.  I laughed at her.  I couldn’t help it.  She did let me milk though.  She doesn’t have much milk (Seven was almost five months old), but this is about training for next year.  I’m guessing she’ll be fine once she gets used to it, and she will be the fourth generation of milking does in that line.

three generations coming to get milked: Zinnia, Joy, and retired Haley

Aphrodite was a different story.  I had to drag her to the milk room.

feet planted as we walked from pasture

She does not like to be led at all.  I tell you, I was huffing and puffing by the time we got to the milk room.

Dropping to the ground and refusing to stand up

Once we were in there, she danced for a minute and then she didn’t care too much.  That’s the way I like it.  She hadn’t even participated in the MGIT program.

I’m also thinking I might need to quit milking Cinnamon because I’m not getting hardly any milk from her.

Cinnamon is about done

But she does like coming in to eat.