Tag Archives: Cutie

Going Rogue

3 Apr

I’ve had the goats shut off the Back Forty for their own safety for quite a while now.  Odie has looked out there longingly a few times, but most everyone is content to stand in the barnyard and eat hay.

Reva, Ava and Maybeline (with Odie behind)

When the weather is okay, they’ve been going out on the smaller front pasture.

But one goat, Cutie Pie, has decided to go rogue.

Cutie and Aphrodite

I assume it’s partly because everyone is mean and doesn’t make it easy for her to eat from the round bale.  I guess she didn’t feel like the front pasture was meeting her needs.  I don’t know.

Cutie took her little girl with her.  They should be safe since they are staying on this front hill.  Although I think Aphrodite was ready to come back into the barnyard before her maa was ready to quit eating.  She’s waiting for Cutie by the post in the bottom right corner in the image below.

Hopefully, the weather changes and things settle down so we can build my fence and let them all out there.

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The Last 48 Hours: Part II

15 Mar

Technically it’s been longer ago than forty-eight hours, but I’m picking up where I left off.  After the crazy day, I begged my mom to stay.  She had come out to help me see Cinnamon’s adorable baby and I hijacked her and put her to work.  She agreed to let me go to bed after I fed Daisy’s little girl and take the next check.  Even though I was expecting Cutie to have her baby overnight, every other pregnant goat could go into labor at any moment.

Clover

Unfortunately, with everything going on and about to happen and how overly tired I was, I couldn’t sleep.  I still managed to have about three hours of sleep when I woke up just before my 2:00 am alarm went off and I had to check goats.  On my way out to see Cutie, I decided it looked like Mary and Maisie were both in early stages of labor.  When I got to Cutie, she was pushing hard and had a bag out.

Cutie Pie and her doe

Bless this first time mom.  She did it all and licked her baby dry and let her nurse and was a super mom!

(She has the cutest chocolate wattles!)

Then I shifted back to Mary and Maisie.  I really had no more space.  I did the only thing I could.  I backed my car out of the garage, spread my last bale of staw and my last cornstalk bale and drug them into the garage.  Really.  Why do they make me drag them?  Then I went back to bed for an hour.  They were both laying there and that was about it.  Then another hour which was when I came out at 5:00 am, and Maisie was hard pushing.

I saw one hoof, but that was it.  I felt and found a head, but no other foot.  I went in and it took forever to get the other foot pulled forward, but I got it.  Then I pulled, and nothing really happened.  This was a big kid, and it took quite a bit of work to get him out.  The second one was not any better.  This time one leg was bent back all the way at the shoulder, but I couldn’t find it.  She was pushing.  At least this kid was smaller, so I finally apologized and pulled really hard.  He arrived safely.

Maisie and boys

Mary was still standing and acting like she might decide to have kids soon, so I kept coming back out every hour.  Finally, at 8 am I came in to see she had just had one baby girl.  She started pushing again and had baby girl number two.

They are both adorable girls, but Baby Girl #1 is just the most crazy marked thing every.

I don’t know why it worked with two big dominant girls in the same pen, but it’s like Maisie claimed the straw and Mary got the cornstalk bales and there was some kind of invisible fence there.  I’m just glad it worked.

Finally, I had made it through the night.  I’m pretty sure I never really did much more than light dozing after that initial three hours.  And it was going to be a really long day.  To be continued…

Udder Check Season

15 Feb

It’s about a month until we have spring break babies.

Gidget (and Ava in back)

I’m getting anxious to know who actually settled or if I missed someone coming back into heat.

Cinnamon

Since they are this close, I can start to feel udders to see if they are starting to make milk.

Hilda

It’s not an exact science as to when they will start developing, especially with the cold we’ve had.

Clover

They tend not to drop until just before they kid when it’s really cold.

Wanda

I know some are making udders, but others will just have to keep me guessing for a little while yet.

Cutie, Sallie (retired) and Annie

I hope we warm up by the time we start kidding.

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