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Despite My Best Plans

3 Nov

I swear some years breeding goats is like kicking yourself in the teeth.  No matter how hard you try, it never works out the way you want.  After all my craziness of trying to make spring break kids while I was sick, I keep finding girls whom I thought were bred coming into heat.

Cupid

Yesterday, it was Astra.

Xerxes and Astra

She was hanging out by the fence, and making out with Xerxes.  Then I came back out to do chores and saw this.

Um.  April fool’s babies it is.  I brought her back out and fixed the fence.

She was not happy with that.

Zeus wasn’t too happy either.  Xerxes wasn’t about to let anyone else near Astra, but he thought he should get a girl too.

Zeus

Don’t feel too sorry for him because last week he jumped the fence while Bambi was in heat.

Bambi

I swear.  Now I’m giving shots to all of my little girls because the last thing I want is my babies having babies in the middle of winter.

Penelope

And I locked up the last two little bucks.  I put them in the Love Shack with Tony.

Ringo and LilyAnn

Of course, Ringo managed to escape by morning, so this evening, I have to catch him and try to find someplace that will hold him.  I’m running out of options!

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!

More Moving Goats

26 Jun

I keep telling you that goat herding is really nothing but moving goats from one place to another.

Lucky, Bambi and Dahlia

I moved more goats around.  I wanted to get Vinnie and LilyAnn out of the buildings by themselves and in a larger space.

Vinnie and Vulcan

I’m also not about to play hide-and-goat seek with the littlest kids on the farm, so they had to go up north.

Venus

I’m sure Ringo will like getting to play with other kids.  Although, can you see LilyAnn giving me the stink eye?  I trimmed her hooves, and it was a bit melodramatic.  Seriously…

Ringo napping by his maa, LilyAnn

Anyhow, it was already crowded up there, and I was feeding hay and lots of sweet feed, but the March babies were not getting much to eat, so I kicked them out.

Penelope and Pepe in front of Myson, Victoria, and Gouda

I was not happy that Mary was trying to let Bubbles and Tootles nurse. She doesn’t have anything.  That’s why I could let these kids out.

Bubbles and Mary

Their moms are completely dried up.  I know they are dried up because I am not milking my girls that I’ve milked for the last seven years.

Cinnamon with doe Athena to the left and buck John to the right; Haley’s boys Hook and Smee and Cookie in the background

I did leave Astra and Ava’s kids up there because they would just start nursing their moms again.

Angela, Moira, and Squanto

I also kicked out Cookie and Zinnia.  Their kids are a little older; hopefully, they won’t get lost in the pasture.

Cookie and Marge

I am also doing a horrible job of making little miss Joy into a sweet girl.  She says she’s way too sassy to be tamed.

Joy and Zinnia

We’ll see.  I’m not giving up yet.