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Tender Moments at Gullringstorp


Fiona, who is Keriana’s daughter is raised by both her mother and aunt Alika. Keriana and Alika have a love hate relationship. They fight when the fence is down, but if I think of separating them and moving one to another box, they have a real fit. So that’s out of the question. They are living peacefully with the fence up between them as they share a big box.

Fiona makes it very clear that she loves Alika as much as she loves her mommy:

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Gullringstorp Goats out for the First Time in Months


This morning was a perfect day for the goats to be out. No wind, no rain, no snow.  It will be a short day however, due to the darkness coming at 3 pm.   That’s ok because the ladies were getting cabin fever and even a short day out is better than no time out at all.

The ladies got to get out but not the boys. I know, I know what about the boys? Well it’s just not that easy and it requires some time and attention outdoors which was not on my schedule today. You see the issue is, my baby boys. I will give my babies more time in the boy’s box so they feel a part of their new little herd. I have several sub-herds within my complete herd. Once I feel Phillip and Winston have been accepted completely by the others, then I will feel comfortable letting them out with the others. In addition to that aspect of buck life, my little fellas have no previous knowledge of the electric fence which surrounds their enclosure. This will be a day that requires both of our attentions. The boys will have to be “introduced” to the fence. This is a ritual that I can not do. This is my husband’s job to place the tiny noses to the fence for what will be hopefully the one and only time their noses come into contact with it.

Well today was the day for the little girls and my ladies to go out and kick up their heels a bit:

goats having fun

Goats having fun

Time for fun

Time for fun

Look at my girls !

Look at my girls, oh how pretty they are!

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Keriana, Hilda, her daughter Peanut and Alika

Fun on the snow

Fun on the snow

Rosie playing

Rosie playing with Pansy

Fiona

Fiona with her cute black stockings

Petunia and Poppy playing

Petunia and Poppy playing with Iris, Nanna and Alika in the background

Petunia

Nanna and Petunia and somebody else…

Petunia and Poppy

Petunia and Poppy and little Surprise on the snow

More fun

More fun

Nanna and Keriana

Nanna and Keriana

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Snow goats

Snow goats

Snow goats

Snow goats up close

Fiona

Fiona on her way…

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Wheeeee  such fun they are all having running and just being silly!

After setting the electric fence, I walked into the stable. What a strange sensation to see my empty stable. It was so quiet and empty.

Empty boxes, what a strange sight, no goats....

Empty boxes, what a strange sight, no goats….

Empty boxes

Empty boxes

It was great fun watching all my goats out and running and literally kicking up their cute little heels. With the cold temperatures we have been having, our ground feels like concrete. It feels great to walk on it and the sound of my goat’s hooves as they run is just a wonder. They sound like a herd of galloping horses.

Well my ladies didn’t make it to 3 this afternoon. The sun has not set yet, a few minutes more and it will, but, it started snowing!

My ladies had a wonderful time out today the 7th day of January in the New Year 2013.


Chickens, Goats and Dogs! Chickens, Goats and Dogs! Oh My!!


We have had lots of rain lately so our goats are not really going out.  I have heard of people who had goats that enjoyed or didn’t mind the rain, but not Gullringstorp goats. They really hate the rain, so we have indoor activities instead.

Our chickens, on the other hand seem to love the rain. Our Brahma chickens really like the rain and stay out till they are soaking wet. I always worry that they may get sick or something, but I think chickens can take it.  No one has gotten sick yet and they really do get  soaked.

 

Here are chickens, goats and a dog:

Max in his warm rain gear

Max in his warm rain gear

Max in his warm rain jacket and boots as he takes a pause on our deck

Max in his warm rain jacket and boots as he takes a pause on our deck

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Hilda and her sons, Phillip and Winston explore the chicken yard

Hilda and her sons, Phillip and Winston explore the chicken yard

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Hilda and her boys

 

The wind blows the chicken's feathers as they enjoy the wet grass

The wind blows the chicken’s feathers as they enjoy the wet grass

One of our roosters, Eugene and one of his ladies

One of our roosters, Eugene and one of his ladies

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Eugene checking on his other lady, Henny Penny

Little Fiona and Phillip enjoy the chickens

Little Fiona and Phillip enjoy the chickens

                                                                                                                                Brahmas love the wind and wet grass

Our Brahma chickens love the wind and wet grass

Max stays out of the way when the big goats are out and about

Max stays out of the way when the big goats are out and about

Hilda and Nanna have some hay in the corridor

Hilda and Nanna have some hay in the corridor

Little Winston meets Nanna

Little Winston meets Nanna

Our little Nanna

Our little Nanna

Fiona plays with Phillip

Fiona plays with Phillip

Hilda and her son Phillip stand in the yard in between rain fall

Hilda and her son Phillip stand in the yard in between rain fall

Little Phillip

Little Phillip

Indoor fun with Hilda, Alika, Pansy and Poppy. Peanut meets little Winston

Indoor fun with Hilda, Alika, Pansy and Poppy. Peanut meets little Winston

  1. Poppy and Pansy with little Winston

    Poppy and Pansy with little Winston

    Peanut, Pansy, Hilda and Little Phillip in the yard between showers

    Peanut, Pansy, Hilda and Little Phillip in the yard between showers

    Winston and Phillip in the chicken yard

    Winston and Phillip in the chicken yard

    One of our lovely hens

    One of our lovely hens

     

    Fiona in the chicken yard

    Fiona in the chicken yard

    Our chickens have dug under the fences , my husband repaired them. Here my husband digs under the door to the yard.

    Our chickens have dug under the fences , my husband repaired them. Here my husband digs under the door to the yard.

    My husband decided that these concrete slabs will keep our chickens inside their yard

    My husband decided that these concrete slabs will keep our chickens inside their yard

    Leif makes sure that the slabs firmly in place. By the way, what do you think if the beard.. He grew this for me while I was in NY.

    Leif makes sure that the slabs firmly in place. By the way, what do you think if the beard. He grew this for me while I was in NY.                                                  I have always wanted to see him in a beard. I love it!

     

    Welcome back for more activities at Gullringstorp !

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our Little Herd in the Enclosure as Hilda Goes into Labor


Well, we got Hilda back into her clean box just in time for her to have a clean and comfortable labor. She was brought back into her box around 2 pm while the others remained in the enclosure. Hilda’s absence was noticed immediately. It took some time before all the goats, boys included, to resume their activities of eating grass, playing and relaxing.

Pumpkin and Rose look toward the gate hoping  Hilda and Peanut come back

Pumpkin and Rose look toward the gate hoping Hilda and Peanut come back

Poppy watches the gate

Poppy watches the gate for Hilda’s return

Keriana and her daughter Fiona decide it's time for a rest in the sun

Keriana and her daughter Fiona decide it’s time for a rest in the sun

There, Keriana's down and comfy

There, Keriana’s down and comfy

Pumpkin finally settles down and enjoys some hay and grass

Pumpkin finally settles down and enjoys some hay and grass

The babies who watch the adults, realize that all is well and start to play

The babies who watch the adults, realize that all is well and start to play

Petunia has a lick on the salt block

Petunia has a lick on the salt block

Pansy was unaware that Hilda was gone at first then when she realized it , she was not happy

Pansy was unaware that Hilda was gone at first then when she realized it , she was not happy

Ivy and Little Surprise who is growing every day

Ivy and Little Surprise who is growing every day

Pumpkin and Rose take a rest in the sun

Pumpkin and Rose take a rest in the sun

Keriana and Fiona move into the shelter out of the hot sun

Keriana and Fiona move into the shelter out of the hot sun

Fun in the shelter

Fun in the shelter

Rose relaxing

Rose relaxing

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Ivy

 

Keriana finds a bit of shade and comfort under the sink in the shelter

Keriana finds a bit of shade and comfort under the sink in the shelter

Alika and Pip enjoy their little hide away under the table

Alika and Pip enjoy their little hide away under the table

Alika looks so blissful

Alika looks so blissful

Pip trying to get his mother's attention

Pip trying to get his mother’s attention

 

Little Surprise enjoying special time with her mommy Ivy

Little Surprise enjoying special time with her mommy Ivy

Iris and Petunia Relax in the shade of the shelter

Iris and Petunia Relax in the shade of the shelter

Little Man, Hilda's son relaxes in the boy's enclosure

Little Man, Hilda’s son relaxes in the boy’s enclosure

Toby is becoming more and more comfortable in the boy's enclosure

Toby is becoming more and more comfortable in the boy’s enclosure. Here he rests with Baby Boy

Little Man, Toby and Baby Boy

Little Man, Toby and Baby Boy

Balder and his pal Flynn relax inside their shelter

Balder and his pal Flynn relax inside their shelter

Baby Boy taking a nap

Baby Boy taking a nap

Hilda's grown son is so very handsome. I have truly enjoyed watching him become the strong, yet gentle buck that he is today

Hilda’s grown son is so very handsome. I have truly enjoyed watching him become the strong, yet gentle buck that he is today

Toby rubbing against the wall of the shelter. He is doing very well with the boys

Toby rubbing against the wall of the shelter. He is doing very well with the boys

Ivy and Little Surprise

Ivy and Little Surprise

Little Surprise playing alone for a moment

Little Surprise playing alone for a moment

Nanna is adjusting to having her little boy toby moved top the boy's enclosure during the day. She gets her baby back after he has spent some time in the boy's box after they are brought back in, to enjoy, guess what, more hay!.

Nanna is adjusting to having her little boy Toby moved top the boy’s enclosure during the day. She gets her baby back after he has spent some time in the boy’s box after they are brought back in, to enjoy, guess what, more hay! Nanna has to find her place in the herd again, because she is not tending a baby so the dynamics are a bit different. She is doing well, not perfect, but as well as can be expected.

Alika's son Pip is getting round and more cute than ever, if that's at all possible

Alika’s son Pip is getting round and more cute than ever, if that’s at all possible

Pip finds a friend to play with, Fiona

Pip finds a friend to play with, Fiona

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Nanna is alone much of the time and I feel bad for her. I give her special attention as she makes the transition and finds herself back in the fold of the herd

Playing on the rocks

Playing on the rocks

 

Everyone eventually resumed their normal activities while Hilda was busy at her job at hand.

I wonder if they knew?

Silly question, of course they did!

 

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Summer Updates From Gullringstorp


We have had the new mothers and the babies out in the large enclosure with wonderful success. It was now time to integrate the entire herd in the enclosure at once. I was just a bit anxious about Pumpkin. She has undergone a drastic personality change since she gave birth last summer. It wasn’t the birth, no, that went quite well. I believe it was the loss of one of her babies early on, Miracle. She has been a big grump ever since and fuses with every goat, when given the opportunity.

Pumpkin has been a bit of a problem , but overall, it went splendidly!

Pumpkin had to be "caught as she ran amok when she entered the enclosure. She ran out and her daughter Rose followed

Pumpkin had to be “caught” as she ran amok when she entered the enclosure. She ran out and her daughter Rose followed.                                              Pumpkin was full of spit and vinegar as you can see by my husband’s face

Pumpkin eventually calmed herself down and had a fun time out

Pumpkin eventually calmed herself down and had a fun time out

Well what can I say? Pumpkin was fine for a minute!

Well what can I say? Pumpkin was fine for a minute!

I can't really put in words the absolute delight i feel when I look and see all my goats playing together in the enclosure

I can’t really put in words the absolute delight I feel when I look and see all my goats playing together in the enclosure

Oh, my goats having fun in the sun! What a sight!

Oh, my goats having fun in the sun! What a sight!

Iris is enjoying making a mess with hay, as usual

Iris is enjoying making a mess with hay, as usual while Poppy meets Little Surprise for the first time

Two of our tiny Pygmy ladies. Ivy on the right is Little Surprise's mommy

Two of our tiny Pygmy ladies. Ivy on the right is Little Surprise’s mommy

More fun and togetherness

More fun and  greetings

Pansy, one of Frida's daughters, meets little Toby for the first time

Pansy, one of Frida’s daughters, meets little Toby for the first time

Our sweet little Nanna

Our sweet little Nanna

Meeting old friends, goat style

Meeting old friends, goat style

Alika's son Pip stands proudly on one of the platforms for the goats to play on

Alika’s son Pip stands proudly on one of the platforms for the goats to play on

Little Pip and Toby have fun together

Little Pip and Toby have fun together. They have met before, in passing because they have each played in separate play yards

Three of our Pygmy ladies. Look at Ivy and her daughter Little Surprise, so sweet

Three of our Pygmy ladies. Look at Ivy and her daughter Little Surprise, so sweet

Ivy and her new daughter Little Surprise born June 12

Ivy and her new daughter Little Surprise born June 12

Our delicate Ivy

Our delicate Ivy

Frida's daughters have decided that Hilda will be their new mommy. Hilda who adopted Alika and is Peanut's mommy, is only too pleased to accept her.

Frida’s daughters have decided that Hilda will be their new mommy. Hilda who adopted Alika and is Peanut’s mommy, is only too pleased to accept her.

Keriana's daughter Fiona

Keriana’s daughter Fiona

Hilda who is due to deliver within the next two weeks is with Peanut her daughter

Hilda who is due to deliver within the next two weeks is with Peanut her daughter

Hilda and her extended family

Hilda and her extended family; two new daughters, Pansy and Poppy

Keriana sharing a tender moment with her little daughter, Fiona

Keriana sharing a tender moment with her little daughter, Fiona

Look at Fiona's black stockings ! So cute !

Look at Fiona’s black stockings ! So cute !

Pip and Fiona play with a mommy in attendance

Pip and Fiona play with Alika close by

Fun on the imported rock pile

Fun on the imported rock pile We have a wonderful property, just no boulders or big rocks. Thanks to my husband  we have some imported into our enclosure. The goats love them. Wish we had more.

Petunia, one of our Pygmy ladies. She was found in the boy's enclosure back in June while I was away. We will see if she became pregnant in November

Petunia, one of our Pygmy ladies. She was found in the boy’s enclosure back in June while I was away. We will see if she became pregnant in November

Our Pumpkin with her slender neck and legs

Our Pumpkin with her slender neck and legs

More fun by the rocks

More fun by the rocks

Ivy and Little Surprise

Ivy and Little Surprise

It was a lovely day and a lovely sight to have all the goats out of the stable. I spent as much time as I could out with our little herd watching and listening. The sounds are so delightful and you never know what you will witness. Goats are so charming and beguiling and I always hate to be away from our goats here at Gullringstorp. I just hate to miss anything.

For the very first time in a very long time, I walked the corridor of our stable and it was so silent. There were no goats inside. they were all happily playing in the late summer sun at Gullringstorp. Talk about an empty nest!

We are keeping a close eye on Hilda who is due in the next 2 weeks. We will, of corse keep you updated. For now she is round, a bit slow and is doing well on the milk stand and enjoys going out, even when i am not sure she should be out. tis will be Hilda’s second delivery, here at Gullringstorp.