New Mothers and Babies Visit the Large Enclosure for the First Time, August 3, 2012!
The day began really badly for us here at Gullringstorp! We had every intention to bring out our new mothers and babies today. It was overcast, cold and threatened rain. Not a good first day to be in the large enclosure. So, disappointed, I fed every one in their box and just opened doors. The morning was just one big rain threat.
The sun finally came out and so did our little gang of new mommies and babies and a couple of pals. Ivy would never have gone into the enclosure without her pals Petunia and Iris so they were allowed to join the new families.
Here is the first day out in t he enclosure for Toby, Fiona Pip and Surprise and their mothers:
Our young men were led out first with Baby Boy in the lead.
Nanna and her son Toby made it into the enclosure. Look at Toby’s wonderment of the large space before him!
- The babies stayed close to their mothers in the beginning
Here is Keriana ( Frida’s daughter) with her daughter following, Fiona and Little Ivy with her tiny baby Little Surprise
Alika’s son Pip is exploring the grass
Ivy and Pip Playing
Alika and her son Pip
Keriana (Frida’s daughter) and her daughter Fiona
Keriana and Ivy and their little ones hidden behind the mommies
Fun in the shelter
Fiona exploring on the old Swedish kitchen bed
Alika and Pip
Alika’s son Pip jumping into the hay bucket ( an old sink works well)
Toby having a chat with one of the big boys, Balder. Little Toby will soon join the other boys
Fun activity inside the shelter
Pip loves to be in the hay !
Little Surprise on her way, somewhere
More shelter activity
Fiona getting some water
Ivy, Pip and his mommy Alika
There’s Little Surprise on the bed/sofa
They all look so happy !
Ivy and her tiny daughter Little Surprise and Fiona trying to reach the hay in the sink
Alika and Pip
Nanna, Pip and Fiona on the rocks
Nanna and her son Toby
Nanna, Toby and little Surprise enjoy some hay and the rocks
Baby Fiona and Baby Pip
Little Surprise born June 12th
Our Little Surprise
Little Fiona born May 18th
Little Pip born June 5th
Toby, Nanna’s son born May 12th
Nana, Toby and Little Surprise
Our silly little Nanna is now a serious mommy
Babies play with one mother supervising
Our other adult and yearlings were not allowed in the large enclosure on this day
Frida’s girls Pansy and Poppy are enjoying some hay
Even though our goats have a wonderful field full of yummy greens, they all still love to enjoy hay
Just before bravely leaving my babies out I looked and saw everyone relaxing. Here are Iris and Petunia who were the only non-mothers allowed in the enclosure. It was beautiful to see.
Nanna and Toby were more interested in the new hay supply than taking a rest. They did rest later, however.
My husband decides it’s time to do some lawn mowing
We were only able to leave the new mothers and babies after each baby had been introduced to the electric fence. these babies are very close to their mothers so we had no babies near the fence. Oh I forgot, Toby was the first to get a zap and boy was he a big baby after that. He didn’t want to leave mommy Nanna’s side. It was my job to capture each remaining baby and my husband took them to the fence and they each got a zap on the nose. This way we could leave them comfortably with the knowledge that the babies wouldn’t be silly and try to get through the fence .
For a first day out in the large enclosure, it really went far better than expected. Every goat adult and baby alike were truly happy and excited to be in the large space. They had out grown both baby yards. Now we must decide when to introduce the other members of the herd who were now in the play yards, temporarily.
Welcome back for some video action of the first day’s adventures.