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Late Coming Updates from Gullringstorp


Again, I must apologize for not posting while our Frida was ill. Frida is now on her second round of antibiotics to fight this pneumonia and doing well. Now I have the energy both physically and emotionally to write. So much had happened just before Frida became ill.

I must bring my readers up to date:

April 13th:  Emil our Rent-A-Buck left us and returned to his home:

Emil waiting for his owner to arrive

Emil waiting for his owner to arrive

My little bucks sense a change in the air

My little bucks sense a change in the air

Our Little Man seems to feel the change in the air

Our Little Man seems to feel the change in the air

Finally , Emil's owner arrives. Emil was not ready to leave us...

Finally , Emil's owner arrives. Emil was not ready to leave us...

Emil is ready to go , but not until after some conversation

Emil is ready to go , but not until after some conversation

The conversation continues outside in the rain; Emil waits

The conversation continues outside in the rain; Emil waits

Emil is off to his trailer for the ride home

Emil is off to his trailer for the ride home

Up on his trailer he goes...

Up on his trailer he goes...

He goes up with no problem

He goes up with a little help in the back

Emil was not so happy about the container he was to travel in

Emil was not so happy about the container he was to travel in...

Emil is finally secured in the crate

Emil is finally secured in his travel crate

They were prepared with a tarp to use to shelter Emil from the rain

They were prepared with a tarp to shelter Emil from the rain

This was an image that brought tears to my eyes. I knew it was just a way to transport Emil home safely, but he looked like a captive rather than a passenger. It hurt my heart to see his eyes peering out at me

This was an image that brought tears to my eyes. I knew it was just a way to transport Emil home safely, but he looked like a captive rather than a passenger. It hurt my heart to see his eyes peering out at me

The tarp was secured in place so that Emil had a comfortable and dry ride home.

The tarp was secured in place so that Emil had a comfortable and dry ride home.

 

Well Emil was on his way home. I felt sad to see him go but at the same time, it was tim for him to go home. He was beginning to bully my little boys and starting to bang them around over the delicious meadow hay I lay on the table for them to eat.

Now that big Emil was gone and my little boys knew it .  Now it was time to set the record right and establish a new box leader.

The bucks battle for seniority:

The fight for seniority is between Baby Boy and Balder only

The fight for seniority is between Baby Boy and Balder only

Little Man stays out of the fray up on the table

Little Man stays out of the fray up on the table

And the battle continues...

And the battle continues...

Here are my two dominate bucks battling it out for seniority

Here are my two dominate bucks battling it out for seniority

Little Man who will be 1 yr old this coming August , wisely stays out of the way

Little Man who will be 1 yr old this coming August , wisely stays out of the way

Little Man watches closely, after all, he may have to assert his position if we end up keeping any newly born bucks

Little Man watches closely, after all, he may have to assert his position if we end up keeping any newly born bucks

The sparring continues

The sparring continues

Both little bucks tries to show their strength by rearing up while trying to look larger

Both little bucks tries to show their strength by rearing up while trying to look larger

It's hard for a goat mommy to look at that face and realize that one day he too will be sparring for position

It's hard for a goat mommy to look at that face and realize that one day he too will be sparring for position

Head to head shoving

Head to head shoving

 

At the end of at least 1 hour of battling it out, Balder took the crown as head of this little herd of bucks.

 

MATERNITY WATCH UPDATE:

Nanna is quite large as are Keriana and Alika. They are all three doing very well on the Milk Stand and I have had success touching their udders and teats. Keriana is still not very happy with me, but hopefully she will come around. I continue to be gentle as I  make my way down under her belly and move my hand toward her udder. She has developed  the largest udder of all three mothers.

Keriana and Alika share a large box but they will need their own space very soon for each of their new families. My husband has built a fence to separate the box while making sure that each goat has all she needs for herself and little ones on the way.

Here are our Keriana and Alika in their divided box. Each one has plenty of space

Here are our Keriana and Alika in their divided box. Each one has plenty of space

Today may be the last day they are allowed outside. I wouldn’t want to risk a birth in the enclosure. They will each need to be comfortable in their familiar space. They may not be so happy with me but I need to be cautious with them all since this will be their first birth. They have yet to established a pattern that I can be aware of and work around. Our ladies are appropriately round and are eating well so they are prepared for their motherhood.

 

Frida Update:

Sorry no current photo but I am happy to report that Frida is doing very well and recovering just fine.  She goes out everyday , weather permitting, but only into the “baby yard” with her two daughters. it’s a lot calmer there and she needs to remain calm as she recovers.

More updates to follow soon…

 

 

 

 

 

6 responses

  1. Glad to see you back 🙂

    April 29, 2012 at 16:05

    • Hej Seasonsgirl !
      It helps that Frida is doing so well. She gives me my spirit back. there will be more “updates” coming. Life on a farm seems never to stop, so there is always something to write about. Gullringstorp is no different.
      Welcome back!

      April 29, 2012 at 16:31

  2. The goats always play so rough.

    April 29, 2012 at 20:37

    • Hej Shianwrites !
      Thanks for liking my most recent post. These little bucks may look cute because they are Pygmy and are tiny compared to Emil, but they are adults and this battle for leadership within this box was serious. This was no play time. Little Man the brown buck on t he table knew better than to interfere. He stayed well clear of all the action.Balder, the gray buck is a bit larger than Baby Boy, but little Baby Boy really gave Balder a challenge. balder won , in the end to re-establish his position in that box. It was important and they took no time before the battle began. Everyone is in their rightful position now. It works the same for the ladies and the little girls.

      April 29, 2012 at 22:00

  3. Glad to hear Frida’s coming along. I had no idea that domestic bucks fought for dominance like wild ones (really a ‘duh!’ moment here). I figured practically all domestic animals were like dogs, so dependent on humans that they’d given up on most of their natural behaviors. How fascinating!

    May 1, 2012 at 01:54

    • Hej A Bahamian in Austria !
      Thanks for liking my post! Frida is dong well but i notice that if she exerts herself, she becomes winded quickly. Tomorrow will be her last injection of the broad spectrum antibiotic and we can only hope for the best. She has been separated in the “baby yard” to keep her calm with her daughters but today it was just to beautiful out not to let her join the herd. So I just keep an eye on her and make sure she and Pumpkin don’t go at it as they always do. She needs to enjoy the grazing and company and stay calm.
      Yes my goats have retained a lot of their natural instincts and behavior. Even though they are domesticated, they are goats and goats have particular natural habits and rituals. As a goat owner, as much as you may want them to be your tiny cuddly baby goats forever, you need to realize that they are growing and with that growth comes more and more of the natural got behavior. Like Little Man my brown buck, I know that one day he will also need to assert his position and he will battle it out like Balder and Baby Boy.It’s natural and he needs to be as natural as possible under the circumstances in which he and the others live.It’s a challenge and I try every day to let them be the goats they are meant to be. I love to watch them outside for instance, jumping, running at break neck speed, kicking up their little heels and head butting. It’s really beautiful to watch! Knowledge about domesticated animals is not an easy one so don’t think of it as a “duh” moment.
      Welcome back!

      May 1, 2012 at 12:49

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