Tag Archives: weaning

Cinnamon Insists

18 May

I noticed the other day that one side of Cinnamon’s udder looked quite full.  She was also kind of talking to me in a demanding voice, so I milked her out.

Cinnamon Blackboer

Now she’s decided that it’s an everyday thing.  She’s weaning Norm so she can go in to be milked.

Well, in all fairness, he’s old enough to be weaned.

Cinnamon and Norm

It still hasn’t been long enough since they were wormed for me to use the milk, so it’s going to the freezer for future bottle kids.

Because Cinnamon insists on being milked, I have Dolly, Haley and Stormy lining up to be milked too.  They, however, are not weaning their kids.

Dolly with LilyAnn, Sidney, and Andy

Stormy’s teats are usually wet and slimy from Ghost having just nursed when she comes in.

Ghost

I’m going to have to figure out how to wean some kids, so I can start milking in earnest.  I have the feeling I’m going to need it soon to help with some June triplets.

Harley

I also have a Cutie Pie who must remember me telling her she’d get to be a milking girl when she grew up.

Cutie Pie Goodberry

I must have forgot to mention the whole having a baby first part because she’s as insistent as Cinnamon that she needs to come into the milk room and eat some sweet feed.  I guess I’ll call it training.

I do hope you’ll come back tomorrow for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.

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Chocolate is Killing Me

14 Aug

If you remember, some of my moms were struggling to feed their kids and take care of themselves and moms and kids were all run down.  Well, most of them are doing great.  I weaned as many as I could.  The kids in my yard are doing amazing! Vanilla was run down and skinny (because he escaped the first time or two that I weaned him) with pale eyes, but not anymore!

Vanilla

Vanilla

They are fat.

Strawberry

Strawberry

Their eye membranes are bright red.

Zoe

Zoe

Granted, Cutie can’t quite figure out how to get in the patio chair, but she’s doing well.

Cutie

Cutie

I cannot keep Chocolate weaned though.  He and his mom really need for that to happen.  Maggie’s fur is coarse, and her eyes membranes are pale (she was wormed).  I need her to dry up and put all her energy into herself.  Chocolate is thin.

Chocolate

Chocolate

His eyes are white.  Seriously.  My vets would recommend a transfusion if they saw him, but he’s been wormed and I did a fecal.  The problem is his poor diet.  He isn’t getting milk from his mom.  He’s not eating well.  He doesn’t go out to pasture enough.  What he eats in the barnyard isn’t good.  It wouldn’t do any long-term good to do a transfusion if we don’t change what’s causing the anemia in the first place.  I have weaned him more times than I can count, but it doesn’t last.

kid eating tree_4260ews

He jumps onto the tin siding, up onto the dog house, and then he goes up on the roof.  Then he can go over the peak and it’s an easy jump to the ground in the barnyard.  He got creative with this method after I plugged the other fence holes he had been going through.

kid on roof_4262ews

At least he was eating some nice oak leaves before going back in, but he really needs weaned.  He needs food.

kid on roof_4263ews

He’s killing me.  I don’t know what to do with him.

Moms and Kids

27 Jul

I had some of my moms in the yard during the horrible heat so they could eat grass and not have to walk in pasture because they were not doing well with trying to raise kids in heat.

Harley

Harley

With the break in weather, I put them back out to pasture.  I also have done some fecal checks, and everyone is looking good that way.  I think we’re past the worm crisis.

Goats in pasture_3017ews

I had the kids in my yard to continue the weaning.  It’s not going so well.  At one point I caught Red on the roof of the greenhouse happily munching oak leaves.  That was not in my plan.

Red

Red

I kept losing them back to the other side of the fence.  I fixed a spot or two, and I have no idea how the last two got back over with their moms.

Wilson, Red, and Vanilla

Wilson, Red, and Vanilla

I only have Strawberry and Cutie Pie in the yard now.  Obviously, Cutie can’t go running around in pasture.

Cutie

Cutie

She is doing well and adjusting to the splint.  Now if I could just figure out how to get the kids to stay weaned.

If you want to join me for Friday’s Hunt, I have the items for this week in the top of my side bar.