Maternity Watch, Milk Stand Training and other Updates at Gullringstorp !!
My lovely mothers-to-be are doing really well. They are getting really nice baby-bumps and doing really well on the milking stand. I am so proud of all three of them. They have the idea now; Nanna is the first little lady out and she hops up on the Milk Stand so cute. My other two ladies are like race horses,really biting at the bit to get out of their box and to the grain. Nanna hops up and her head goes right into the correct place and starts eating right away. Alika and Keriana make their way on the Milk Stand but still have a bit of trepidation when it comes to putting their head in the correct place. I have no problem with taking hold of the collars and giving a little tug and there they are , in the correct place.
Milk Stand training started March 15th and my ladies are making wonderful progress!
It’s a bit difficult to see little Nanna’s baby-bump, but when she’s on the Milk Stand I can feel her tummy and it’s there!
Well, as you can see, my ladies are doing quite well in their training. We will continue to train and when they deliver in May, they will all three hop up like little Nanna for their grain and milking. That’s the plan, anyway!
Let’s check in on the chickens:
My husband made 5 nesting boxes for our hens not realizing that some hens would be territorial about their boxes. The Brahma hens will not let the Orpington (Heny Penys) or the White Heads (Topsy Turvys ) into the boxes.
I was in the hen-house recently and heard a different sound coming from 2 of the little White Heads; not really knowing all there is to know about chickens, I guess it was just an instinct. It hit me immediately that these two ladies wanted to lay an egg. Don’t ask how I knew, I couldn’t tell you. My husband dismissed me and later he found one of the tiny White Heads in the nesting box with a Brahma and getting her head pecked for being there. Later in the day, my husband found 2 beautiful tiny white eggs, on the ground. Well that was that ! Those ladies needed their own nesting boxes ! My husband quickly got busy building 3 tiny nesting boxes below the larger boxes, just for our tiny White Heads. Thank you hubby!
We have gone from rain to sudden snow storms to sunshine in this past week. It really feels like Spring here at Gullringstorp ! With walks around the property and sometimes just standing still quietly, I can see many new signs that Spring is here.
Let’s check in on the boys at Gullringstorp:
Emil and all of our goats will soon be spending their days out in the enclosure very soon. the weather is finally stabilizing and it’s soon time to let them out. They will all be so happy and so will I . I just love to watch them run, leap and play in the sun. Their enclosure is not green, yet. but they will need to be outside in the fresh air and sun.
All my mothers who delivered in August are doing well as are their babies. Rose, Pansy, Poppy, Peanut , Iris, Petunia and Ivy are all growing and are strong and healthy. I can’t wait to see them outside in the enclosure !
I hope all my readers are welcoming in Spring where you live ! Enjoy the sunshine !
Please continue to send in suggestions for names for our rooster !!