Tag Archives: kidding

Oh, Those Hormones

12 Dec

Well, it continues.  The girls who didn’t settle for spring break babies keep coming back into heat.  I went out to milk one morning last week (I think it was Tuesday) to find Zinnia and Wanda already out in the barnyard fighting.  I could hardly get Zinnia to quit fighting long enough to come in and get milked.

Zinnia

When I came home, she was stuck in the fence.  Wanda was butting her in the side.  I really am tired of the hormones.

Wanda

Thursday morning, when I went out to milk Zinnia, I found LilyAnn with her head stuck in the fence.  Seriously.  It’s the only time she does anything like this (Zinnia too).

LilyAnn

I took her head out of the fence, milked Zinnia, came out from milking and took LilyAnn out of the fence again and threatened that she’d be standing there all day if she put her head back in there again because I had to go to work. Thankfully, when I got home, she was not stuck in the fence!  Yay!  Then I noticed…

That’s two girls in there with the bucks.  What is up with Caroline? She broke in with the bucks a week ago.  I don’t know why she’s acting like she’s in heat again.  So heaven only knows what’s going to happen there.

Caroline

I had noticed Tansy was kind of hanging around when I was removing LilyAnn from the fence, so I knew she was coming into heat.

Tansy

I finally found they had broken the panel where I had to cut LilyAnn out three weeks ago.

After I hobbled it like I did the fence to keep Perdita from nursing.

Anyhow, I fed the goats and then I went to give food to the bucks and pulled Caroline and Tansy into the garage.  Then I led them through the soap room.  Dolly did not appreciate me bringing the two girls in there.

Dolly, Tansy, and Caroline

But I got them back where they belong.  But, it worries me a little bit.

Joy (with Pluto in love beside her)

I keep thinking about my little Joy who managed to sneak back out after getting bred the year she was a yearling.  Sigh…

The Kidding Quandary

18 Nov

Of all the years for only half the girls to settle for spring break, this was not the year for that to be okay.

Chiffon is open.

One reason is because I don’t want to have a lot of little kids when I’m on vacation.  They tend to have a hard time keeping up in pasture, and I don’t want them spending the night out there.

Pretzel and Rosie–this year’s June babies

The other part of it is the large number of my milking girls who did not get bred.  Joy is the only one who will be kidding in March.

Onyx, Joy and 2TC; Flower and Bambi in back

I might have to enlist Cupid as a milking doe.  She was pretty good about it when I tried milking her this year.

Cupid

Although, I’m still trying to figure out the milking when I go on vacation, so it might be better for them to have babies before I leave and then I can wean when I get back.

Astra and Perdita (who is still not fully weaned)

With all this uncertainty, it makes me even more happy that my freezer is full.  And if you think I’m kidding, I don’t think I can fit any more in there.

I just made another double batch of mozzarella to turn into mozzarella sticks for my family’s Christmas Eve gathering.

I’m also making a lot of yogurt.

heating to make yogurt

I like the problem of so much milk I don’t know what to do with it all.

So Who Is Bred?

16 Nov

I keep telling you about all the girls who did not come into heat when they were with the bucks and the ones who did not settle.

Daisy–one I just saw in heat last week

So who is probably bred?  Antigone, Joy, Hilda, Penelope, Joani, Athena, Hilda, Cupid, Flora, Bubbles, and Hera.

Cupid

Athena

Penelope

Joy

Joani

It’s honestly too early to say for sure, but not seeing them in heat makes me think they are going to have spring break kids.