Tag Archives: weaning

Kids

21 Sep

You might have noticed that I didn’t get the kids sold this weekend.  I discovered a food allergy (to my foraged chicken of the woods), and it was not a pleasant day or two.  Anyhow, I’m going to try to get them sold this weekend. We’ve heard that before, haven’t we…

Pongo looking sweet and innocent while he naps.

Thunder

I really do need to get my moms a break from kids.

Joani and Glover

Although, Zinnia still has her girl with her, but she won’t let her nurse.  I’m getting all of that milk!

Zinnia and Ivy

I’m still not sure how I’m going to catch the two older girls.

Bubbles and Missy

If my plan works, they’ll get more relaxed around me since I’m feeding them grain every day.

LilyAnn and Jasmine

That’s the plan, but we’ll see how well that works.

Weaning Maisie

22 Jul

While the goats’ hooves are a bit softer from out recent rain, I’ve been trying to get everyone trimmed.

Hera

As an aside, I was trying to figure out who else might be a good candidate for milking, and both Hera and Venus were fine with me messing with their udders.  Hera is even a high percentage of dairy goat. Hmmmm…

Venus

I brought Maisie in to the milk room and got her hooves trimmed.  But she’s struggling with raising triplets during a drought when she’s nine-years-old.  Her coat is coarse, she’s thin, and her eyes are pure white.

Maisie getting her hooves trimmed.

I decided to immediately wean her kids.  As I was hauling Tawny up to the north paddock, I changed my mind.  Instead, I put Maisie up north.

Maisie

She has the already weaned kids for company.

The weaned kids in the north paddock.

Glory

Chunky Boy

She’ll also have access to food–green stuff as well as sweet feed.  It will be a lot less exercise.  She can focus on just resting and recovering up there.

Her kids were not exactly happy with this arrangement, but they will be fine.

Tara wanting her maa

Tippy

I told Moose to take care of his little brother and sisters.

Moose

Hopefully, she’ll make a full recovery and retire.

It’s Not Fatal

21 Jul

It’s called weaning.  It isn’t going to kill them, but you’d swear these two think they are going to die if Perdita doesn’t get to nurse her maa.

Astra in pasture

Perdita “weaned” in the north paddock

I’ve had to get way more creative in hobbling the fence than I ever have before.

They are relentless.

licking her lips after stealing milk

Showing me where I need to hobble more twine on there.

But I want the milk.

I’ve just started making a year’s worth of mozzarella cheese, and Astra actually has the most milk of all the girls I’m currently milking.  At least when I can get it.