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Bucks and Does and Breeding

9 Oct

It’s the time of year to start thinking about next season’s kidding.  I don’t get spring break from teaching this year, so I will have to plan babies around the Easter weekend, so I won’t mix bucks and does for about a month.

Xerxes and Sidney flirting through the fence

I only have three bucks on the farm now.  That’s a good thing.

Freddie is still trying to fully recover from his lack of copper earlier in the fall.

Hopefully, everyone cooperates and stays where I put them.

Does in pasture (bucks on the front pasture in the distance)

There are several old ladies who have been told in no uncertain terms that they are to stay far away from bucks.

Cinnamon

No more oopsie babies for these old ladies!

Stormy

Blaze

Victoria will be retiring and joining the “stay away from boys” group.

Bambi, Victoria, and Cinnamon

There’s a couple of girls I’d like to see gain some weight before being put in with a buck.  Like I said before, it’s been a rough fall for some reason.

Cupid

There’s a lot of girls who look good and I’m not worried about them being bred again.

Margarita

I have a few girls who will be first time moms next year.

first timer Chiffon with Myson in back

I’m still trying to decide who to put with each buck.  Part of that will be determined by how the two young bucks act.

Penelope (on top) is a first time mom; Joani, Hera, and Astra

I still have some girls to leave the farm.

Marin

They will not be easy to catch.

Fannie

They are the last batch to go this year (hopefully in one more batch).

A Rough Fall

6 Oct

This has been a really rough fall for the goats.  I always say that this “end of summer” time is the worst time of year, but it seems worse this year.

a very thin Mary

I think the goats are already in need of another round of copper.  I started giving them copper capsules in peanuts on Sunday.

about to lose my finger to Gidget

Stormy has already gotten an extra little bit.  She seems to be doing a bit better.

Stormy

Pistol is still up north.  She seems to be a tiny bit better, but I’m not sure she’s making any real gains.

Pistol peeking out when it was drizzly weather

But Annie, my poor girl, has gotten worse.

Polka Sallie Annie

Despite having an extra copper capsule, being wormed and having hay, sweet feed, a lick tub, and loose minerals at all times, her membranes are now completely white.  She acts fine, but she is critically anemic.

This is actually an improvement from what it was at one point.

The last couple of days, she’s gotten severe bottle jaw.  I’m not sure she’s going to be able to make it.  I’ll keep trying though.

Geriatric Farm

1 Mar

Leo is really showing his age. He is nineteen.  I think he’s having seizures.  I talked to the vets, and they said it is not uncommon at his age and having had diabetes.  Sadly, there’s not a lot they can do, so I just am trying to keep him as safe and comfortable and happy as long as I can.

Leo

I’m not sure how much longer I can do that.  My poor boy.

I also have lots of old goats.  When I expanded my herd, it was not a well thought out plan what would happen when I retired all those goats.

Stormy

I have some that I am not sure will make it through the winter, even though we’re almost past winter.

Penny

After losing Clover this weekend, there are eighteen who I expect to lose in the next three years just because of how old they are.

Clover

I keep babying some of them with the insulated building, heat lamps, and extra feed.

Cookie (front) and Maggie (back)

Hopefully, when real spring and summer gets here, they’ll rally and enjoy themselves again.  But I can promise there will be a lot of good-byes in the next few years.  Just remember all the good times and don’t be sad for me.