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Selling More Kids

10 Nov

We had a pretty nice day on Saturday.  Actually, it was really nice!

It’s not looking good for many more of those, so I enlisted the help of my nephew, and we tagged and loaded out eight of the girls.

Socks, Poki, Snow White, Angela, Daliah, Button, Penny and Venus

Penny was in there when I shut the girls in along with Moira and Venus, but they didn’t get sold.

Wendy, Moira, Penny, Button, Tink, Daliah, Venus, Angela, Socks, Poki, Snow White

I only have three March kids left on the farm, and they are all staying: Moira, Bubbles, and Penelope.

Bubbles (Maa Mary behind)

I still have a few June kids here too.  I will try to sell the two boys next weekend.  Then I have to decide who (if any) of the girls I’m keeping.

Ringo

I still adore Joy and want to keep her, but she’s not making it easy.

Zinnia and Joy

I also like Chiffon, but she’s another snooty little girl.

Chiffon

I do think I’ll keep Venus.

Venus

Although, I always reserve the right to change my mind.

Finally Time

26 Oct

I finally decided nothing was going to stop me from selling the little bucks today.  It’s way past time when I wanted to do it.  Friday evening, while the herd was out in pasture, I figured I’d start getting everyone situated.

I started by moving Joy from up north and putting her in with Tony.

Tony and Joy

I know that seems like a weird place to start with selling bucks, but I can’t let her out or she’ll be back to nursing her mom, Zinnia, who is the only goat I’m still milking.  She can stay with Tony for a little bit.

After moving Joy, I decided to let Chiffon and Venus out of the greenhouse.  They are doing much better, and they need to get out.  I feel really bad because Venus seems a bit traumatized by being sick, losing her mom, and being shut in the greenhouse.  Poor girl.  I hope being back outside will help.

Venus and Chiffon

Anyhow, my next step was catching Penny’s boys, Frisco and Pipsqueak and shutting them in the greenhouse.

Pipsqueak and Frisco

The rest of the goats up north came out right away and started checking to see if there were any leftovers in the food pans.

Bonnie, Penny, Tink, Clover, and Snow White

Don’t believe them when they say they are starved.  They got their sweet feed before I let them out.  Besides, several went back up to their pen and ate more hay after scavenging from the pans.

Clover, Snow White, Moira, Bonnie and Penny (behind)

It wasn’t long before the rest of the herd came back up from pasture.

Moose, Pepe, LilyAnn, and Myson

Penelope greeted Vulcan by beating on him.

Vulcan and Penelope

Poor boy.  He was just wormed, and I have to wait for the withdrawal period to be up.  Then he’ll get sold.  (Ringo is in the same situation.  I did eventually shut them in the greenhouse to keep them away from the girls.)

Wendy as being mean to her little sister.  I threatened to throw her in with all those bucks if she wasn’t nice.  Pretty sure she didn’t care.

Wendy and Tink (Mom, Joani, in the background not paying attention to the kids fighting)

I caught the other four bucks and put them in with Frisco and Pipsqueak.

I tell you, I am really going to miss Pepe, but I do not need another wether.

Pepe

Hopefully, his parents will give me a sweet funny girl that looks just like him next year.

Starting the Good-byes

7 Jul

Friday night I penned several of my March kids.

I got the pen that my dad made loaded in the back of my truck.  I have to say it’s kind of awesome that I did not have to borrow a truck to sell kids this time.

I still had to have one of my nephews come help me.  Why would I have to have help if I got the big pen loaded by myself?

Gouda and his maa, Hilda

Gouda.  Gouda is huge.  There is no way I was going to load that big Gouda boy by myself.

Gouda

Anyhow, with the kids sold, I will hopefully no longer have to get heads out of fences (Sacagewea and Darling).  I also sold Cutie’s girl, Bianca.

Cutie and Bianca

That means I got to milk her again. The third time must be the charm because she did actually let me milk her.  She rather sat on my lap which makes it a bit awkward, and she wouldn’t let it all down, but we’ll get there.

Cutie

Since I sold some of the kids from the north paddock, I figured I could add one up there.  I finally weaned Snow White.  She was not happy about it.

Snow White

We’ll see how milking Caroline goes.  The first attempt wasn’t very pretty, but we’ll see… This morning, she was much better!

Oh and we’re milking in a newly painted milk room.

Well, the floor looked good for a little bit.

Astra

Now that I’ve actually milked in there, it’s not quite so clean.  But it’s still a lot better than it was!