Our Little Herd at Gullringstorp
Yesterday, I decided it was time for the new mothers to join the rest of the herd, with their new babies. To be honest, I thought it might do Pumpkin good to be out and about and I hoped it would take her mind off her recent loss.
We had the boys out in their enclosure and then we brought out the young girls with our two yearlings. My plan was to make sure they were busy with new buckets of hay and straw and I hoped they would too busy to notice the babies. That of course didn’t really work as expected.
Pumpkin loves to be on the leash. When she first came to us we used to take daily walks around Gullringstorp. Her leash is blue and we dare not use the red one or any other color. She knows which one is hers.
We were both afraid to have the power on while the babies were out. I have since learned from a much more experienced goat keeper, Deborah, that we should never turn off the power. The babies need to learn from the start. She is right. But today the power was off until the babies returned to the stable.
Frida and her babies really had a fine time out . It took awhile for the entire group to settle down. When they did, Frida’s babies stayed close and were safe and were really enjoying themselves.
I had to put Pumpkin on a leash while in the enclosure because every time Poppy or Pansy cried, she thought it was little Miracle and would just run in the direction of the cry and leave poor little Rose. while on the leash she could settle down and enjoy the day out with Rose and eat grass.
It was a good first day out for 2 of our new little families. Hilda will come out soon with Little Man and Peanut.
After Pumpkin and Frida had their time out, we acted on the advice of my now goat mentor, Deborah. Pumpkin needed to grieve over her lost baby and we had not allowed her to. We had not buried little Miracle yet so we brought him in and laid him on the straw in he box. Pumpkin needed to know what had happened to him. She went to him immediately and sniffed at him. She stayed with him and so did Rose. I could not stay there any longer, it was just too sad. It was her time to mourn her loss and I could not stay. We took him out after what we thought was a decent amount of time. We will give her the time she needs to get over her loss.
This is something one never thinks of when you live in a city, but as a city girl turned country gal, I have to consider these kinds of situations.
Pumpkin will be just fine.
Today my plan was to bring out just the new mothers and babies into the enclosure. I thought they need to have time together to get all the head-butting done, hopefully once and for all. My plans changed with the arrival of our straw delivery. I could not handle all the babies by myself and my husband was busy. So change of plans. The straw was being unloaded while I put everyone went out, except the new families. The babies were all put into the “baby yard” for the first time.
We had sounds galore today, from our little herd. In the enclosure, Chiyoko is in heat and yelling her little head off, the babies screamed when I left them to check the straw unloading progress and the mothers in their boxes inside were not happy with their babies outside. They were reunited after about 1/2 an hour. Then all was quiet in the stable with happy mothers and sleepy babies. I closed the doors to keep the cool in because it was a warm day outside.
Hopefully tomorrow my original plans to take out little new families will take place. We will see.