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Updates From the Nursery at Gullringstorp


There have been some developments and some solutions in our little Nursery. I am happy to report all mothers are doing the very best they can and these babies do not suffer from any of the shortcomings we are experiencing. When we see a problem, we just fix it. We find the right solution so that our babies never go without anything.

Hilda and her babies, Peanut and Little Man are doing well.  Her babies are still getting supplemental feedings while they do have some nursing from Hilda. They are getting quite strong and bounce around the box like they gave springs in their legs. They also enjoy their time out in the play yard.

Hilda's babies in their  box

Hilda's babies in their box

This is the little chair I sit on while visiting Hilda. Little Man like this chair.

This is the little chair I sit on while visiting Hilda. Little Man like this chair. ( blue eyes are due to the flash on my camera)

Hilda and her babies

Hilda and her babies

Little Man was born on August 8 and look what he is doing already!

Little Man was born on August 8 and look what he is doing already! He is a buckling!

Hilda and her babies play in the corridor of the stable until it is their time to be in the play yard

Hilda and her babies play in the corridor of the stable until it is their time to be in the play yard

Hilda eats her fresh greens inside while waiting to go out

Hilda eats her fresh greens inside while waiting to go out

Hilda's babies meet Frida's babies through the fence

Hilda's babies meet Frida's babies through the fence

Frida and her babies are doing fine.  We have run into a bit of a snag, however. Before Frida came to us, she had a serious infection in her udder that apparently went untreated. With her first babies her at Gullringstorp, we had to call in a vet to treat her because it became clear that there was a problem. Her babies were unable to nurse.  They were bottle fed, almost from the beginning. She was given an antibiotic injection and something to treat the  inflammation plus a pain-killer.   She was such a good mother , we too a chance and bred her.  To our amazement, she nursed her babies with no problem until a couple of days ago. We were prepared to call in the vet again until we spoke with a woman who sells us our grain supplies, among other farm needs.  She let us know that the mastitis may have flared up again, or she may be low on protein since she was not out in the large enclosure eating grass all day. there is also the possibility that one of her young ones had bitten her.  We now offer her , in addition to her hay and straw and cut fresh grasses, a product known as Lucerne which is a vitamin and protein packed grass. this is to be added a fistful at a time to her regular hay. So we have started all mothers on this new addition to their diet and have begun some supplemental feedings for Poppy and Pansy. These two babies are nearly one month old and are eating some hay, straw and chopped greens and veggies.

Poppy and Pansy now get their very own container for the chopped veggies and the fresh greens from the garden

Poppy and Pansy now get their very own container for the chopped veggies and the fresh greens from the garden

Because of the situation with the milk, we attached a lambs milker to the wall of their box. We tried to attach each baby to the nipple, but they were not too happy.  The first night we left it up and hoped the babies would get the idea. The next morning, it was half empty. We were so happy, but that didn’t last very long. We discovered that it was Frida who had emptied the milk.  So the babies get a hand-held bottle feeding, only when needed. Frida has allowed them to nurse. I still give a couple of feedings a day, just in case.

The babies still enjoy sharing greens with mommy

The babies still enjoy sharing greens with mommy

Frida and her babies Poppy and Pansy enjoy the play yard

Frida and her babies Poppy and Pansy enjoy the play yard

Little Poppy eating from her personal container of veggies

Little Poppy eating from her personal container of veggies

Pumpkin has been a really good mother so far! We hold our breath that she stays that way. Her babies seem happy and she stays very close to them.

Pumpkin take really good care of her little ones

Pumpkin take really good care of her little ones

Pumpkin with little Rose and our little buckling who we were so worried would not survive the night , Miracle

Pumpkin with little Rose and our little buckling who we were so worried would not survive the night , Miracle

Pumpkin is always so careful around her babies, even when she has an itch

Pumpkin is always so careful around her babies, even when she has an itch

Tiny Rose

Tiny Rose

Although Pumpkin's babies are only 5 days old, it was time to let them have a little time out of the box

Although Pumpkin's babies are only 5 days old, it was time to let them have a little time out of the box

Tiny Rose and her brother Miracle on their way out side for the first time today August 27, 2011

Miracle and his sister Rose on their way out side for the first time today August 27, 2011

Rose and Miracle outside for the first time today

Rose and Miracle outside for the first time today

Frida's genes have certainly dominated these two little ones. I love their white stripes, spots and legs.

Frida's genes have certainly dominated these two little ones. I love their white stripes, spots and legs.

Tiny Rose has some refreshments on this warm afternoon

Tiny Rose has some refreshments on this warm afternoon

I really love the markings on these two little ones

I really love the markings on these two little ones

Pumpkin is our tallest goats and she has the most beautiful gracefully long neck

Pumpkin is our tallest goats and she has the most beautiful gracefully long neck

We are hoping that our three mothers remain as attentive  to their little ones as they have been so far. Even with the milk issues of Hilda and Frida, they are still wonderful and loving mothers.  I just love to walk through the stable and feel the love coming from those three boxes. It is just so lovely to peak in and see these tiny new lives snuggled up close to the mother goats who brought them into this world.  They lay close to their mothers with the knowledge that she is there to care for them and to protect them. I am sure they feel this. They look so happy and safe.

Our once empty stable is full of life now!

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