Three Ring Circus at Gullringstorp
The circus has come to town and set up tent at Gullringstorp! Not really , although I did love a circus as a child, and wouldn’t mind if it did come. What we did have, was a day of chaos while trying to not only bring the babies in to join the adult herd, but to actually separate the baby bucks, who are not so much babies anymore.
Our adults have enjoyed the large enclosure,
While the babies have been sharing a smaller “baby play yard”,
We waited for the lovely weather to come and thought that July would be the month to join the girls to the larger herd and separate the bucks. My husband worked really hard to build a separate play area within the larger enclosure. So the idea was to bring out the boys first and then let the little girls out to join the older ladies.
Ok here was the plan, and mind you, it sounded good to us. We thought to put one of our little guys on a lead and the others would follow. Welcome to the first tent at our Three Ring Circus. It started out fine, then we had little goats going this way and that way. We even decided to let the little guys come through their very own door, just across from their box or as we call it, the “Bachelor Pad”. This way the boys would not walk past the girls boxes and get them all upset and excited to come out to join them.
Two little ones went the wrong way and ended up in the little play yard that they knew or into the machine hall before getting rounded up toward the enclosure entrance. We finally got the boys into their enclosure. This was an enclosure that we had carefully prepared for them , fresh water, grain in a bucket, fresh hay and straw. We brought the little “jump on” items from their play yard, things that they were used to. There were the cinder blocks, and the small cable drum. We thought that these little boys would just be in heaven. At least we thought it was a slice of goat heaven. Once the little boys were in they seemed to be enjoying the exploration of this new area.
Now to the second tent at our Three Ring Circus: Enter the adults followed by the baby girls. We did as always, put Pumpkin on her leash so she could be lead goat, opened boxes as I walked down through the stable. Frida and Keriana’s box was opened then Hilda and Alika’s box was opened and finally the baby girls were expected to follow them all to the large enclosure. This actually went better than we expected. The babies ran right behind the adults and were in the enclosure in no time.
Then it all went crazy! The boys saw the girls and the girls saw the boys and that was that. Forget that the fencing was turned on and if touched would deliver a slight shock, but a shock nevertheless. We had boys running through the fencing to get to the girl’s side and girls running through to get to the boy’s side. In the meanwhile, the adults looked on from their grass munching.
They were supposed to stay on that side of the fencing but it didn’t happen that way. Before we knew it, we had baby goats all on this side of the fence then all babies on that side of the fence. It was a real circus! My husband tried to herd the girls out and I was to keep the boys in. It was chaos and funny, although my husband didn’t find it at all funny.
This went on for about 1/2 an hour until I said, just let them all be together, for now. I didn’t care which side they ended up on , I just wanted it to calm down and for the babies to actually enjoy the new space. Well I bet you can guess which side was chosen. That’s right, the babies decided that they liked the larger enclosure better, at least for now.
It took us awhile to understand the dynamics of this tiny herd within a herd. Balder had a harem and his ladies stayed close to him. they seemed inseparable. Unbeknownst to me, I created a little monster. Well not a monster, but the situation of the babies being together in the baby yard, had created a bond I had not expected. Those three little girls really depended on Balder. He just had to be there and they did not want to be separated. The problem is, they will have to be separated, and there are no two ways about it. these cute little bucks are bucks. At 7 mos and 4 mos Balder and Baby Boy are acting really “bucky” and ready to go. My little girls are not ready to be bred and I just don’t want any accidents.
The fence for the boys has to be reenforced because if these boys bolted through electric fencing when no one was in “heat”, what on earth would they be capable of when one of the little girls did go into “heat”? The fence needs to be made stronger. In the meanwhile, all the goats will be in the enclosure, supervised. They all need to meet each other anyway and I think the baby girls will feel safer if Balder is around to run and hide behind.
The babies explore and meet the older goats:
They have all learned to be together in the large enclosure , but we must very soon make the fence stronger for the boys enclosure and make the separation.
But for now they peacefully share the larger enclosure.