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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 being led out with her baby Rose

Pumpkin being led out with her baby Rose

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.

My husband opening the fence so Pumpkin can go in

My husband opening the fence so Pumpkin can go in

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.

Rose follows Pumpkin into the enclosure

Rose follows Pumpkin into the enclosure

Pumpkin and Rose

Pumpkin and Rose

Pumpkin setting the others straight

Pumpkin setting the boundaries for Alika and Keriana

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.

Frida with Poppy and Pansy

Frida with Poppy and Pansy

Frida  setting down rules when it comes to her babies

Frida setting down rules when it comes to her babies

Frida with Poppy and Pansy

Frida with Poppy and Pansy

Pumpkin and Rose stay close to the rocks, a safe distance from the rest of the herd

Pumpkin and Rose stay close to the rocks, a safe distance from the rest of the herd

Pumpkin dared to join the herd but made sure everyone knew not to touch Rose

Pumpkin dared to join the herd but made sure everyone knew not to touch Rose

Frida and Nanna just posturing not at all threatening in any way

Frida and Nanna just posturing not at all threatening in any way

Everyone is calm now

Everyone is calm now

Poppy

Rose

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.

Everyone is calm now

Pumpkin on a leash with Rose

Little Rose trying to climb that big rock

Little Rose trying to climb that big rock

Rose

Rose decided to try the smaller rocks

Careful Rose !

Careful Rose !

The novelty of the new babies seems to have faded for Chiyoko and Nakoa

The novelty of the new babies seems to have faded for Chiyoko and Nakoa

Frida's babies stay really close to her

Frida's babies stay really close to her and eat grass just like mommy

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.

The straw arrived!!

The straw arrived!!

Wow !   That's a lot of straw !

Wow ! That's a lot of straw ! We need a wagon like that and a tractor, or what ever that vehicle is. I want them both!

The young man who delivered the straw helps to unload it

The young man who delivered the straw helps to unload it

There's a lot to unload and put into the out-building

There's a lot to unload and put into the out-building

There's something about that huge trailer full of straw that just warms my heart!

There's something about that huge trailer full of straw that just warms my heart! It will last for a good while.

All the straw has been unloaded from the trailer, now my husband stacks the bales neatly in the out-building

All the straw has been unloaded from the trailer, now my husband stacks the bales neatly in the out-building

It was a big job, but one bale at a time and in no time at all my husband had them all stacked beautifully

It was a big job, but one bale at a time and in no time at all my husband had them all stacked beautifully, like the wood we use to heat the house

Here are all five babies at Gullringstorp, Little Man, Peanut, Rose and Poppy and Pansy

Here are all five babies at Gullringstorp, Little Man, Peanut, Rose and Poppy and Pansy

Little Rose doesn't have a litter mate to play with so this was something she really needed. They did actually all play together, eventually

Little Rose doesn't have a litter mate to play with so this was something she really needed. They did actually all play together, eventually

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.

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