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:
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
Time for fun
Look at my girls, oh how pretty they are!
Keriana, Hilda, her daughter Peanut and Alika
Fun on the snow
Rosie playing with Pansy
Fiona with her cute black stockings
Petunia and Poppy playing with Iris, Nanna and Alika in the background
Nanna and Petunia and somebody else…
Petunia and Poppy and little Surprise on the snow
Nanna and Keriana
Snow goats up close
Fiona on her way…
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….
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.
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 jacket and boots as he takes a pause on our deck
Hilda and her sons, Phillip and Winston explore the chicken yard
Hilda and her boys
The wind blows the chicken’s feathers as they enjoy the wet grass
One of our roosters, Eugene and one of his ladies
Eugene checking on his other lady, Henny Penny
Little Fiona and Phillip enjoy the chickens
Our Brahma chickens love the wind and wet grass
Max stays out of the way when the big goats are out and about
Hilda and Nanna have some hay in the corridor
Little Winston meets Nanna
Our little Nanna
Fiona plays with Phillip
Hilda and her son Phillip stand in the yard in between rain fall
Indoor fun with Hilda, Alika, Pansy and Poppy. Peanut meets little Winston
Poppy and Pansy with little Winston
Peanut, Pansy, Hilda and Little Phillip in the yard between showers
Winston and Phillip in the chicken yard
One of our lovely hens
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.
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. I have always wanted to see him in a beard. I love it!
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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
Poppy watches the gate for Hilda’s return
Keriana and her daughter Fiona decide it’s time for a rest in the sun
There, Keriana’s down and comfy
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
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
Ivy and Little Surprise who is growing every day
Pumpkin and Rose take a rest in the sun
Keriana and Fiona move into the shelter out of the hot sun
Fun 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 looks so blissful
Pip trying to get his mother’s attention
Little Surprise enjoying special time with her mommy Ivy
Iris and Petunia Relax in the shade of the shelter
Little Man, Hilda’s son relaxes 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
Balder and his pal Flynn relax inside their shelter
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
Toby rubbing against the wall of the shelter. He is doing very well with the boys
Ivy and Little Surprise
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 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
Pip finds a friend to play with, Fiona
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
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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