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Updates

22 Oct

Well, I came home from work on Wednesday and saw my first girl that I had in with a buck in heat–Cupid.

Cupid

I did some quick math in my head and decided she would be due on the Friday of spring break if she were to get bred, so I quickly put her in with Benji.  He wasted no time in doing his job.

Benji watching the girls

Frodo wanted to help, but he mostly bounced off Benji who was already busy.  Then Frodo decided it was better to just go eat his sweet feed.  That was a good plan.

Frodo

I only left her there for about ten minutes; we’ll see if she settles or not.  Of course, I realized after that that my math was off. She will be due on Saturday.  Hopefully, she doesn’t go overdue.  Anyhow, Thursday I came home from work and found that Purl had not come into heat.  She’ll hopefully get bred for early June.

Purl

I also had mentioned that Reva and Gidget were thin.  After getting the four grams of copper, Reva is looking good.  She’s really picking up weight.

Reva

Gidget, on the other hand, is still very skinny. I have her shut in the Love Shack so she isn’t using energy running around out in pasture.  She’s getting grain without anyone pushing her out, and she’s also getting sweet feed and calf starter along with all the hay she can eat.  Hopefully, she’ll start to perk up.

Gidget

Rosie is eating well and gaining her weight back.

Rosie

I am still letting her in to eat sweet feed too.

I don’t know why she was straddling the stool.

Tansy is also coming in for extra food.  She seems to be gaining weight also; it’s just not as quickly as Reva and Rosie.

Tansy still under weight

And I am not updating you on how Haley doesn’t even limp anymore.

Haley with Cinnamon behind her

And she’s almost looking fluffy!

We’ll Have Lots of Kids

18 Oct

I don’t think I mentioned, but I did decide not to put Onyx in with a buck.  We’ll see if she grows any more.

Pluto, Onyx, Coral (Gidget and Popcorn behind)

It has been quite the busy couple of days out here.

Xerxes and his girls

I think my shots I gave the girls brought almost all of them into heat.

Antigone

It’s still weird looking out and seeing Xerxes in the barnyard.  I’m not used to that.

Xerxes enjoying the salt block

We’ll have lots of babies.  I think Margarita and Caroline are the only two with Xerxes who didn’t come into heat.

Margarita

I think Purl is the only one with Freddie I didn’t definitely see in heat; although, as wet as her tail is, she might have been bred.  Yes, she’s still spending a lot of time on top of that feeder.

Purl

I’m not sure about Benji’s girls.  He’s not an older, experienced buck, so that makes it harder for me to tell, but I think all but 2TC came into heat.

Chiffon, Trace, 2TC, and Benji

I’ll keep an eye on everyone to see who setttles or might come into heat in three weeks, but there will be a lot of kids in March.  Now, I just need to get everyone separated again.

Breeding Groups

16 Oct

The last few years, it seems like the goats have been on their best behavior for me getting them put into breeding groups.  Not this year.

Xerxes and Joani

On Wednesday, I managed to get all but Antigone where they belonged after a ridiculous amount of work and chasing goats and bribing with food and having some fat wethers and Pretzel constantly in my way. I might have broken numerous fingernails, broke a blood vessel on the palm of my hand and smacked myself in the forehead with a cattle panel. But I got everyone where I wanted them!

Antigone

Moose, Myson, Pretzel, and Casey

Well, I did also adjust where I put Hera because she jumped over the fence somewhere in the process, and I decided she’d be more likely to stay up north.

Hera running from Freddie

I will say Benji and his girls were the easiest.  Benji just followed Freddie into the buck room and stayed there while I led Freddie out and shut the gate.

Benji is so cute!

Then, I just had to drag the little girls across the barnyard, and they aren’t as hard to drag as a big girl.  And Chiffon came in the milk room without me even having to drag her!

Benji, Venus, 2TC, and Chiffon

Anyhow, Thursday I finished the process by getting Antigone where she belongs, so Xerxes has: Antigone, Zinnia, Joy, Hilda, Daisy, Athena, Penelope, Margarita, Ava, Astra, Cutie, and Joani.

Ava, Xerxes, Penelope, Margarita, and Hilda

I also put Caroline in with Xerxes, but she was on my “Do I? Don’t I?” list, so I didn’t give her a shot to bring  her into heat.  I guess I’ll just see if she comes into heat or not.

Caroline

Freddie has: Flora, Aphrodite, Purl, Cupid, Hera, and Bubbles.  I was actually going to put Hilda in with him again, but I was too tired to drag her that much farther across the barnyard.

Freddie, Aphrodite, Purl, and Bubbles

Benji has: Venus, Chiffon, Trace, and 2TC

Benji checking out Trace

And I’m going to go out on a limb and call Bubbles the first one due for spring break kids!  Freddie’s going to have a hard time getting to Purl if she stays up there.

Purl, Aphrodite, Hera, and Bubbles

Hopefully, most of them will come into heat.