A Quiet Sunday Morning at Gullringstorp
Max and I made our usual walk out to the stable this morning. It was a chilly March morning so we both had on our jackets. On the way to check in on the chickens and then the goats, I looked around the property for subtle changes and any signs of Spring. You have to look really close, but you can find them, Max and I did.
Spring is on its way, no matter what the temperature!
Our first stop was the chicken house. We have a new rooster! He is a Brahma rooster and is quite tall and very colorful. We had a large Brahma rooster that we lost to a very large Sea Eagle. This is Sweden’ s largest bird of prey with wings spans up to 8′ across and weighing up to 17 lbs. This large bird got into our chicken yard and attached our very large rooster who stood just over 2′ tall. When my husband approached the chicken yard, he frightened this large bird off but the damage had already been done to our rooster. That was a sad day!
We took awhile before we got a new rooster and Mr. Bojangels has had to be the man for all our hens.
We have a problem though; our rooster needs a name ! Please send us some suggestions. We really need help !
After Max and I enjoyed watching the hens and our two handsome roosters, it was time to go to the stable. Normally when I enter the stable the boys know I am there and start yelling for more hay. I entered through the back door, real quiet and saw my boys. I include Emil in “my boys”. They were so peaceful and had tons of hay left.
Here are the boys of Gullringstorp on a Sunday morning:
All the boys were really relaxed this morning. They all were so peaceful and quiet. I really liked seeing them like this.
Now to my Milk Stand training. Last evening all three ladies made it up on to the stand. Keriana was the most difficult, but I tried something I read and it worked. I have read so many different methods on how to get your stubborn lady on the stand. Some methods were just plain too cruel, like one woman said she uses a spiked collar on her goat that dig into her neck when she pulls on her. Others just sounded a bit mean for the goat. One mentioned a lead and just pull.
This morning Nanna was first on the stand. She bounced out of her box and up onto the Milk Stand. no problems at all with her.
Next was Keriana, my big girl. I was in the stable alone this morning so I knew if she was to get on that stand, it would have to be me that “assisted” her. I attached a rope lead on her collar and walked her around in a semi-circle so she faced the ramp.Once she was facing the ramp, I pulled. Two feet, then all four . Then I pulled the rope through the place for her head and just pulled and pulled with all my might. Once her head was in place I locked her in.
This was the most humane and most comfortable method for both of us. I never want to hurt my goats no matter what I might want them to do. Smaller goats can easily be lifted up and placed on the stand, but when you get a large lady like Keriana or Alika, lifting a goat of their size is no option.
Alika was better than Keriana. She walked up on the Milk Stand her own, but was very careful and took some time to put her head in place. Once in place she enjoyed her breakfast.
It was a lovely Sunday morning at Gullringstorp!
Please, don’t forget, we need your help to name our new rooster. Please send in suggestions!
This entry was posted on March 18, 2012 by GullringstorpGoatGal. It was filed under A Quiet Sunday Morning at Gullringstorp, Photography and was tagged with beginnings of spring in the Swedish countryside, goat"baby bumps", handsome rooster, Hens, Hens enjoying the morning, Milk Stand training, Mr. Bojangels, new rooster, new strawberry plants, new tulip babies, resting little bucks, Spring coming.