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Extending the Season

5 Mar

It’s been the weirdest year for trying to breed goats.  Very few settled for spring break.

Cupid is due for spring break; Tansy (behind) is due in May

I have three oopsie babies due after spring break and before the end of the school year.

Aphrodite is due in April.

Not that I know which time Caroline got bred because she acted like she was in heat two weeks in a row.

Caroline

Then I only had a short time to breed for June babies because of the genealogy trip my mom and I are planning.

I think Cutie has settled for June babies.

Two of my girls turning two and supposed to kid for the first time did not get bred.  I’m not sure how old is too old to breed for the first time.

Trace

And it makes me start to wonder if they are even able to get bred.  So when Trace came into heat last weekend, I gave one-shot Benji another one-shot opportunity.

Benji is always ready to do his job (Lemuel behind)

Then when I got home on Tuesday, Casey was in love with Zinnia.  I threw her in with Benji.  She’s my milking girl.  She has to have kids to have milk.  What a crazy year.

Zinnia and Benji

I had already figured out 2TC hadn’t settled, and she was supposed to come into heat later in the week. Of course I had conferences this week, so keeping an eye out for her to come into heat was nearly impossible.

2TC

Then I started thinking about Perdita.  I mean, the year is already messed up, so if I’m going to kid in July and August, why not go all out.  I just need to make sure there’s time to get them up and going well before I go back to work.

Perdita

But she’s not due to come back into heat for a couple of weeks, so that would be too late.  But we’ll hopefully have a mini-July/August kidding season with the other three girls.

Odds and Ends

23 Feb

Well, there isn’t much blog worthy going on.  It’s just the same old same old…  I am still hauling water because the hydrant hasn’t thawed.

Myson getting a drink

I’m still picking up trash and filling the dumpster.  I swear I’ve thrown out twenty years of my teaching career, which has been hard.

Cutie. Apparently, I still have more twine to pick up.

There’s milking.  I’m not sure how much longer that will last because of the schedule they  are making me follow during parent-teacher conferences.

Joy

Zinnia

I’m still working hard to get Aurora her extra food.  We are so close to the end of winter, but I’m still afraid to be optimistic about everyone making it through.

Aurora

I need Daylight Savings Time and spring break and warm weather and green grass and most of all, I need summer break from the off-farm job.

The Benefits of Going to Pasture

21 Feb

For me, the benefit of the goats going out to pasture is that it really cuts down on the amount of hay I have to feed.  And with stupid off-farm job obligations, that is going to be important for the next couple of weeks.  For the goats, it means they get to run around and wear off excess energy.

Bambi

Margarita and Venus

They have plenty of places to scratch between their horns.

Onyx in front of her maa, Victoria, who is scratching. 2TC to the right.

Zinnia scratching behind her horns.

Bark.  Yummy bark.

Pluto

Especially since we’re out of the delicious derecho hay.

Rosie

It really helps to end some of their crankiness in the barnyard.