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What’s Happening with Our Little Bucks at Gullringstorp


When we started out with our goats, we decided not to have bucks of our own. This was because of all that I have read and all that I had heard. Bucks were dangerous, bucks were stinky and bucks were unpredictable.

We went for a long time hiring a Rent-A-Buck to come by Gullringstorp for our ladies. We were lucky to get a beautiful buck named Emil who fathered some of our most beautiful babies. You can read about Emil on another post “Our Rent-A-Buck” .

Then it happened, Hilda, our most gentle of all our goats gave birth to a doeling and a little buckling. Knowing how the temperament of the mother is passed on to her babies, we knew that this would be a wonderful and gentle buck when he grew up. We were right.  Then we realized that since we also had tiny Pygmy does, we needed some tiny Pygmy bucklings for them. We purchased 3 tiny bucklings from the same farm we bought the doelings. With these little boys , we gave them all the love and attention we could so that they would be manageable.

Two years later, Nanna one of our Pygmy does, gave birth to Toby and I just couldn’t bring myself to sell him. Alika and Hilda two of our Nigerian Dwarf goats  gave birth to 3 beautiful little bucklings, Pip, Winston and Phillip. Needless to say, they all have remained here with us and near their mothers, at Gullringstorp.

We have 7 bucks now in the boy’s quarter. With all the love and hands on, hand feeding every day, we have 7 beautiful,  tamed bucklings. They are all collar and leash trained, should we need them to be led on a leash.

Although they are all tamed and kind, they are not without challenges: One challenge has been the way they have their hay in the box. We had one hay rack That was already in place from when horses used to live here. That hay rack was modified for our goats. Then we saw that we needed more hay holders of some kind. We tried horse hay bags. Well let me tell you, I know horses weigh a lot more than our little boys, but our little boys can really do some damage. they used their horns to systematically destroy the bags. That wasn’t working with the bucks , but did work with the does and doelings. We found an ad for hay racks at a great price, when purchased in volume. so we bought 5 of the.

Our bucks got 2 of the new racks. We thought our hay storage was solved. well it really wasn’t. We had two little bucks who thought it was fun to leap from the cable drum and lad right in the middle of the hay rack. Not a good idea; no place for accidental poopies or pee pee. We tried to move the cable drum so they couldn’t reach the hay racks. We did that, then , one day saw something that I had never imagined. Our little buck Winston, no bigger than a Cocker Spaniel actually leaped up into the hay rack from the ground!!

Winston in the hay rack

Winston in the hay rack

Then I got an idea. Not just out of the blue, mind you. Lids!! Lids are not unusual here at Gullringstorp. I our tiny Pygmy girl’s box, we had the same problem. We had a tiny doe who kept leaping into the hay rack. Solution,  a lid. Pygmy goats love to climb so all the girls have had a chance up on the lid, now a fun shelf.

So lids it was:

Leif hand cut the lids to fit. the racks were modified to keep our goats safe.

Leif hand cut the lids to fit. the racks were modified to keep our goats safe.

This was the second rack also modified so that little heads don't get stuck

This was the second rack also modified so that little heads don’t get stuck

Our bucks were shocked at first to see the lids and were a bit confused. Then they found the perfect use for the lids; sharpen their horns , of course!

 

As our little bucks have enjoyed their enclosure, it became obvious that they were now in need of more grazing. It was time to extend their space.

Leif preparing by getting new poles to put out for the enclosure extension

Leif preparing by getting new poles to put out for the enclosure extension

The new  poles are just waiting to be put in the ground

The new poles are just waiting to be put in the ground

The new extension has been completed. You can see where the old grass ends and the new begins

The new extension has been completed. You can see where the old grass ends and the new begins

The boys are happy with the entended area and new grass supply

The boys are happy with the extended area and new grass supply

The boys like to relax on warm days:

The boys relax in the coolness of the shelter

The boys relax in the coolness of the shelter

Little Man

Little Man

Pip

Pip

 

 

The outdoor hay rack is also a cool place to rest on a warm day

The outdoor hay rack is also a cool place to rest on a warm day

 

Well with new covered hay racks and  extended enclosure, our boys are more than happy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 responses

  1. We have tried to have hay racks up but our big goats way between eighty and 250 pounds and they have dismantle every type of hay rack we have put in. So as a result we feed there grain in rubber feed tubs and they hay is loose on the shavings. I hate feeding this way because we waste so much hay. I loved the video of your boys rubbing there horns agains the rack and the lid. If my goats were there they would do the same thing than they would take there very curved horns and rip the rack right of the wall. I remember when we put in very large would hay racks that we got from a dairy farm and it became Logan’ s mission in life to smash the rack to pieces. After several weeks of fix up he with the help of Alpine managed to smash the rack beyond repair. But you did give me an idea for our small does. They are the size of a large cat so I could probably take a couple of the wire wrack we have left over put lids on it. I think the girls would enjoy it. Isn’t wonderful when you can expand your goat pens to give the goats more room. Our goats are so enjoying there new pen and I am sure yours are too! take care

    July 9, 2013 at 00:57

    • Hej from Sweden !

      Sorry to be getting back to you so late. I was in London on a rather stressful trip. My daughter was in the hospital and I just needed to be there.
      All is getting back to normal so I am back in Sweden.

      My husband says he never thought these small goats could be so destructive. They are strong and sometimes enjoy tearing things apart. it’s amazing the damage they can do in a horse stable. i though that horses could have done some major damage, but my ladies and gentlemen do a good job of breaking all sorts of things. This sure keeps my husband busy with repairs, constantly.

      Glad to hear your goats are as naughty as mine and that they are enjoying their new space.

      July 31, 2013 at 14:20

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