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Happenings at Gullringstorp


The nursery at Gullringstorp is progressing quite well.  Frida continues to be the greatest goat mommy I have ever met. Hilda is becoming a really good mother.  The rest of the herd is doing well also.  Pumpkin still has not gone into labor but we are keeping a close eye on her for signs. Since all goats are different, and because this is her first delivery, we really don’t know how she will be in her labor. She  is a very individual young lady , so anything can happen with her. It would be just like her to go into labor and deliver with no fanfare at all. We will see. I will post as soon as we have a discernible sign from Miss Pumpkin.

Our herd has grown, we are now up to 15 goats !   This count is temporary. We are still waiting for when Pumpkin delivers.  We also have on reserve 3 pygmy baby doelings that will come to Gullringstorp in September. Two of these doelings are from the same mother who delivered Balder.  He is so beautiful, I can hardly wait to meet his sisters.

With so many goats we have to increase out food supplies. We have added to the count of bags of grains, and we are always looking for ales on fresh produce, carrots & apples and any other tasty greens we can find.

Evening diet for all goats, morning diet for new mothers

Evening diet for all goats, morning diet for new mothers

These goats all eat a lot of grass, hay and straw when they are out, so they get small portions of chopped goodies.

Individual servings

Individual servings

This is the bucket for the bucklings and little doelings

This is the bucket for the bucklings and little doelings

In the past I have had grocery stores donate old greens for my other animals, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs etc. Here in Sweden, this does not happen. In some shops I take the greens that are not so spoiled that they discard. Some shops even want to charge me for items removed from the waste bin.  That is until the other day. A lovely, brave young lady knew of my goats and offered me a huge bag of veggies and fruits not suitable for the public, but very fine for my goats. I want to thank Lena.

Looks lovely and is for goats, not people, a bit too old

Looks lovely and is for goats, not for people, a bit too old

My girls and boys love the green on this cauliflower, now I will try them on the cauliflower

My girls and boys love the green on this cauliflower, now I will try them on the cauliflower

Here is our bag of goodies. Thank you Lena!

Here is our bag of goodies. Thank you Lena!

Everything in that bag will be eaten by our animals here at Gullringstorp.

Did you know we got chickens? We did!

We decided to get Brahma chickens because they are not only beautiful but they have the distinction of being one of the largest chicken breeds. My husband decided we needed chickens and we needed them now. When we brought them home , the question was where would we keep them. I had an idea:

Hard to see, but this is Little Lady's summer house. Works great for young chickens.

Hard to see, but this is Little Lady's summer-house. Works great for young chickens.

Our new chickens

Our new chickens

We decided to get 3 hens and 1 rooster.  They have no names yet, after a month. They will get names, promise.  We decided that the house they were in was no longer a good space for them. My husband went to work to convert an outdoor bathroom we had on the property. It is right behind the stable and has 3 separate little rooms. A toilet area, a shower room and a dressing room. Now it is a real plush chicken house!   After modifications and a chicken yard being finished, we moved our little flock in.  They were really happy in their new home.

The new chicken house and yard

The new chicken house and yard

Inside the chicken house

Inside the chicken house

They have 4 nesting boxes for now, more may be added

They have 4 nesting boxes for now, more may be added

They even have a heater and lights. It will be nice and cozy during the winter months

They even have a heater and lights. It will be nice and cozy during the winter months

They even have a proper front door, steps and all. They love the stairs

They even have a proper front door, steps and all. They love the stairs

This is the chicken door, but hey really have two

This is the chicken door, but hey really have two

My husband did a wonderful job modifying that old structure to make it a really nice chicken house. Thank you Sweetheart!

Our chickens found their nesting boxes

Our chickens found their nesting boxes

It took them some time, but they finally learned to use this chicken door

It took them some time, but they finally learned to use this chicken door

It didn't take long for my little flock to feel right at home

It didn't take long for my little flock to feel right at home

As our chickens grew, we were ready to add to our flock.  I wanted Orpington chickens because they just looked so fluffy and were kind and docile. We also decided on Dutch Crested Whitehead  chickens because they are just so cute. In the meanwhile my Brahma chickens have really grown. Their feathers have just about all come in and our rooster is really majestic, in size and color.

The one on the left is our rooster. Look at his beautiful colors

The one on the left is our rooster. Look at his beautiful colors

Mr Rooster strut's his stuff

Mr Rooster strut's his stuff

Our two Orpingtons, Henny and Penny

Our two Orpington hens, Henny and Penny

This is our Dutch Crested Whitehead rooster (no name yet)

This is our Dutch Crested Whitehead rooster (no name yet)

Our Dutch rooster

Our Dutch rooster

Our Dutch Crested Whitehead hens, Topsy and Turvey

Our Dutch Crested Whitehead hens, Topsy and Turvy

Topsy or Turvy

Topsy or Turvy

Topsy and Turvy deciding to go out that door or not

Topsy and Turvy deciding to go out that door or not

They are getting closer to that door

They are getting closer to that door

Out comes the first little hen

Out comes the first little hen

Two brave little hens made it out that door and down the ramp for the first time!!

Two brave little hens made it out that door and down the ramp for the first time!!

My hens enjoying the melon and tomatoes. Thank you Lena!

My hens enjoying the melon and tomatoes. Thank you Lena!

Yummy!

Yummy!

Well, now you have met our little flock of hens and roosters. They are so lovely to watch and the Brahma chickens are by far the friendliest. I guess they have known us longer and the others are still new to Gullringstorp.

Welcome back to find out how all the babies are doing and what Pumpkin is up to!

 

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