We’ve recently had two bucklings born here at Gullringstorp. We had our fingers crossed hoping for all doelings but when Poppy gave birth to a tiny buckling, all hope went out the window. I had previously made a promise to my husband that we would sell any bucks born here at Gullringstorp. We already have a large buck herd of 7.
First issue was a previous promise made to Frida. When Frida arrived to us already pregnant, we said we would never ever sell her babies. We have all her children and now her grand children. Little huckleberry had to stay, no questions asked. He was castrated and he will live here at Gullringstorp as a wether.
Iris one of our Pygmy does gave birth to a doeling and a buckling. Here, I have done my very best to stick to my promise.
Florian has been a beautiful little fella that I have very much enjoyed watching grow, from a distance. Not too distant because I want him to be socialized for his new home. He is such a little man already but retains his baby closeness with his mother and sister.
We had a potential buyer since his birth so he didn’t go into an ad until just recently. I have tried very hard not to become too attached to this little one because I had it in my head that he would be leaving us soon. Our interested party has vanished into thin air and we are left with no choice but to place an ad for him. I took the photos and grit my teeth as I forwarded them to my husband to be able to place along with the ad.
Not one interested party! Now what? Two choices, castration or integration with our bucks.
For the past two days , Florian has begun his slow introduction to the bucks of Gullringstorp, all 7 of them. I know what a ridiculous amount of bucks, my husband said the same. Most were born here and I just couldn’t sell them. Thank goodness they are all African Miniature goats so they don’t take up a lot of space and we do have room for them all.
Florian basking in the love of his mother and sister:
Here is our little Florian on his supervised visits in the boy’s enclosure:
Then some real fun was discovered!
After a couple of hours in the boy’s enclosure, Florian was back with his mother and sister.
Our ad is still running and we could get a buyer any day. We still have the options of castration or deciding to add Florian to our buck herd.
This is not fun, let me tell you. But this is life on the farm.