Toby Grows Up…
One of the saddest things for me to experience, is my little boys, bucklings growing up. And let me tell you they grow up just too fast. One minute they are nursing at their mother’s teats and next thing they are trying to mate ant female in sight. And this starts at 2 months old !!
Our little Toby who is just a delight has been having hormone surges and although not fully functional, is becoming a bit of a problem. I have held off as long as possible, but we are now taking steps to separate him and move him away from Nanna. It is not a pleasant process at all for the goats or us, well me. My husband can handle it a bit better than I can.
These are Toby and Nanna’s last days in the enclosure together:
Toby began to show real buck activity while in the enclosure with the females. It became just a bit too much so he had to be moved in with the boys. Toby knows the boys because he lives right next door. He has been spending at least an hour in with them to get used to them and for them to get used to him. He gets beat up a bit but he is strong and will not be injured. He just cries for his mommy sometimes. Other times he is just fine.
But being placed in the boy’s enclosure separated from Nanna was not an easy for Toby, his mother Nanna nor us, ok me:
If you look really close you can see what bucky behavior got our little fellow moved!
Toby spends more time in the boy’s box inside now. Sometimes it’s a problem for Nanna and other times it works out just fine.
The time will come, maybe sooner than I would like , that Toby is moved permanently to the boys quarters. But for now, after his day out with the boys and hay time in their box, he is returned to Nanna for love, comfort and warm milk.
Little Pip is a bit younger and is not exhibiting any bucky behavior yet. He will be next and that won’t be fun either!