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Retired and Weaned

15 Oct

I have four girls retiring this year.  Obviously, Harley is not getting anywhere near a buck since she’s lucky to be alive after last year’s pregnancy with a back injury.

Harley (Pluto and Anubis in the back)

Dolly is also retiring.  She was ten when she had her kids in June, and that’s the oldest I’ve ever had kid.  If it weren’t for the copper, she could probably do it fine, but I’m not taking any chances.

Dolly

Cookie is also retiring since she really struggled with the anemia this year.  She also has really sagging stomach muscles, so it’s time.

Cookie

Then there’s Pistol.  She better stay retired this time.  No more oopsie babies.  I don’t care how cute they are!

Pistol

With moving the girls in with the bucks, that means I also had to wean a couple of my March girls.  Athena is actually being a big baby about it.

Athena

I’m glad to be getting all of Cinnamon’s milk for a change!  I also weaned Aphrodite.

Aphrodite

She took it much better than Athena.

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My Plan Worked!

14 Oct

This is Part II of my continuing my posts on making spring break babies. Saturday morning, as soon as I got done milking, I started implementing my plan for making spring break kids.  I had set panels where I needed them the night before, and before everyone got up for the morning, I shut them in the barn.

Betty Lou

There was already a few goats up and out on my side of the barnyard, but most of them were my milking girls.  No worries.  I just grabbed my lutalyse and gave them a shot to bring them into heat.  I even managed to catch the three that weren’t my milking girls.  Since one of them was Vinnie, I was really shocked and happy!

Vinnie

I had to put Lily in the barn so I could let her out the other side, but that was easy peasy.

Lily

Then I just grabbed my drugs and syringe and started poking girls and putting them out into the barnyard.  As I caught the wethers and retired ones, I put them out of the barn on the other side of the barnyard.  I will say, I decided that once I caught Daisy, I wasn’t letting go, so I walked her all the way over to the buck pen where I planned on putting Xerxes with his girls.

Daisy Ann

It actually was easier than I thought it might be. I did change my mind on which buck a couple of the girls got put with, but overall, I’m happy to say it’s all good!

Xerxes

Along with Daisy, Xerxes got several Sam sisters.

Cutie, Astra, Ava, Xerxes, and Zinnia (Daisy in back)

It will be interesting to see if I can figure out how to milk Zinnia while she’s over there.  Tomorrow Part III.

Holy Hormones!

11 Oct

I will be glad when I get a bunch of my girls bred for spring break babies.  The hormones are bit crazy with all these girls coming into heat.

Litha, Stormy and Hilda

They are literally fighting over the bucks.

Xerxes and Zeus watching Litha and Stormy fight.

Crazy goats.  They are twins.  They are ten.  They are not getting a buck.  They are retired.  At least Hilda is smart enough to stay out of the fight.

Fionn (and Zeus) watching the girls

I can’t get Maybeline and Odie to look at Tony and these old, retired ladies are fighting over the bucks.  Figures.