Today, finally, the goats come out !!! ( Part 1 ) Also my husband’s birthday; Happy Birthday Leif!!!!
We have had such a cold, windy, wet Winter and beginning of Spring. The goats at Gullringstorp, do not like wind, or rain. They don’t even mind the snow on a calm day. But this has not been a Winter for them to come out and our Spring has been touchy so far, to say the least. Today is a sunny day with minimal wind. This is our window of opportunity because tomorrow calls for rain and snow!
Once we decided that today the goats could finally come out, there was much to do in preparation. I fed my mother’s to-be as usual on the Milk Stand and they are such good ladies now, they hop right up and poke their heads right in. While I fed them and kept close to them, my husband began bringing water out to the enclosure. We have a water supply there already, but we have had such cold nights that there is ice in the lines so we have to tote buckets of water out , for now. Then we brought out and placed bundles of straw in both enclosures. The ladies need their straw bales for rubbing tummies on and later eating, and the boys rub their horns on them and then eat them. Then came the bales of hay to be placed for all in each enclosure. They had to be placed where they are accustomed to having the bales. They are placed so that each little group can have their own hay and that cuts down on fighting over the hay supply. Once all of this has been done, we decide who gets a leash and it was decided the boys will go first with Emil and Balder on leashes. We hoped the other boys would follow as I brought up the rear. It worked just fine with the boys. Even Little Man who was entering the boy’s enclosure for the first time, followed and stayed with the group.
It may appear that my husband was doing everything; not so. I was bringing up the rear and keeping the boys moving forward and not off to the side or the wrong direction, while taking photos. I was also on gate patrol.
The boys, like the girls, always dive into the hay buckets like they didn’t have hay, on demand 24 hrs! I guess it taste different outside!
Ok the girls… now that was not really as easy as the boys. We had 3 little ones who have only been in the “baby yard” so they were not so cooperative . They just didn’t know the routine. They were everywhere but where they should be. Eventually, I got Iris on a leash and her other Musketeers followed her into the enclosure. So now we know. See, I thought that they could fall into the bunch and hopefully be swept into the enclosure, kind of without even realizing it. Well that didn’t work. They got to the gate and oops, turned around and went this way and that way! All ended well, with all the girls and ladies inside the enclosure. We learn something every Spring. Now we know. So as you can imagine, all hands were need on deck so the camera was put down until all goats were where they belonged! So sorry all that fun chasing down the 3 little ones was not caught on camera, but be assured it was not really all fun!
Welcome back tomorrow for Part 2 of our goats first Spring outing!