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An Afternoon with Maria!


Max joined us as we visited the farm of Maria. Maria is a charming young woman that I met at the seasons first craft market. We had so many things in common that we chatted as if we were long lost sisters or friends. This is not something that happens everyday, so when life brings you a special friend like Maria, you recognize it and enjoy the experience.

We had such a joyful  time at her farm viewing and getting to know her many animals. She has beautiful Swedish goats that at this moment have the cutest little curly white babies. She breeds and sells some of Sweden’s endangered species of chickens, ducks and rabbits. She also breeds turkeys and has the most beautiful, colorful and majestic male turkey named King.

We had a lovely time chatting over cup of coffee, tea and a Finnish cake that she baked for our arrival to her farm. It was a delightful visit. We will be back often as we enjoy each other’s company and animals. Maria has seen much of Gullringstorp on my blog and Facebook but has not yet visited us. She will us very visit soon.

Of all her animals, the ones of most interest to me above all the others, were her beautiful rescue greyhounds. We are planning to adopt a rescue greyhound from Ireland and meeting Maria was just such a wonderful ting to have happen. Her dogs have come from a wonderful rescue center in Ireland and I will use the same company when we are ready to adopt.

We spent a splendid day with Maria and her animals. It was a great opportunity for myself to enjoy and  become reacquainted with  greyhounds and for my husband to meet them for the first time and understand the yearning I have had to adopt one. It was very important to see if our little dog Max could be around these large animals. He was just fine! They enjoyed them and he enjoyed them. No we know that ill not be an issue. We must make sure that the one that we adopt  is ok with small dogs and cats. Maria’s dogs love her small Jack Russell terrier and are just fine with her two cats. With our small Brussels Griffon and 4 indoor cats, we will have to wait to find a greyhound that has been seen to be well with both for our home.

We spent such a lovley time at Maria’s farm and are very much looking forward to returning.

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Chiyoko and Nakoa Leave Gullringstorp Today


Today was a difficult day for us at Gullringstorp. While accessing the direction we want to go with our little herd, we made the decision to sell these two junior does. It was by no means an easy decision. My husband and I have discussed this at length, and decided that they no longer fit into our breeding program for our herd. We have been so happy and delighted with the Pygmy goats that we would like to add more to our herd and have them bred here at Gullringstorp. All the other  Senior does and Junior does have a connection to each other either by birth or having arrived together at Gullringstorp. Chiyoko and her sister Nakoa have each other and I am so happy to say that we waited it out for a family who wanted both of them. we did not want to sell them separately. It was very important that they be re-homed, together.

The sisters’ flat mate Nanna,  will have some adjusting to do. She is already showing signs of a slight depression; that was expected. Nanna will either be moved to the box at the front of the stable to join our newest little members, Iris, Ivy and Petunia, or move in with Alika and Keriana. The decision has not been made yet. We will take our cue from Nanna.

So today, November 17, 2011 Chiyoko and Nakoa leave Gullringstorp to go to their new home in the south of Sweden.

To make the transition less stressful,  the girls have been moved into a smaller area

To make the transition less stressful, the girls have been moved into a smaller area near the door they will leave through

Chiyoko and Nakoa are relaxed but still wondering what was happening

Chiyoko and Nakoa are relaxed but still wondering what was happening

The sister's new family arrive at Gullringstorp this morning

The sister's new family arrive at Gullringstorp this morning

After meeting all the other goats at Gullringstorp, the new owners finally meet Chiyoko and Nakoa

After meeting all the other goats at Gullringstorp, the new owners finally meet Chiyoko and Nakoa

While waiting for my husband to get the firs goat to be brought out, I met one of the new goat owner's dogs

While waiting for my husband to get the firs goat to be brought out, I met one of the new goat owner's dogs

My husband came out with the first of the two sisters

My husband came out with the first of the two sisters, Chiyoko

Our second sister is brought out

Our second sister, Nakoa is brought out

The sisters in the horse trailer ready to be on their way to their new home

The sisters in the horse trailer ready to be on their way to their new home

With the sisters settled in the horse trailer, we prepare to say good by to the new goat owners

With the sisters settled in the horse trailer, we prepare to say good-bye to the new goat owners

With final goodbye's and helpful directions back to the south, they are soon on their way with their new goats

With final goodbye's and helpful directions back to the south, they are soon on their way with their new goats

As my little girls leave for their new home, I feel sad yet at the same time very happy for them to be leaving together and to be going to a new loving  family. We couldn't have asked for more.

As my little girls leave for their new home, I feel sad yet at the same time very happy for them to be leaving together and to be going to a new loving family. We couldn't have asked for more.

A look back on Chiyoko and Nakoa at Gullringstorp:

Two little round furry baby girls arrived at Gullringstorp in March

Two little round furry baby girls arrived at Gullringstorp in March

this little girl was later named Chiyoko after our family history and in remembrance of all those lost large earthquake in Japan. Chiyoko means "Land of a thousand generations" in Japanese

This little girl was later named Chiyoko after our family history and in remembrance of all those lost in the recent large earthquake in Japan. Chiyoko means "Land of a thousand generations"

The two little sisters settled into their new home quite quickly

The two little sisters settled into their new home quite quickly

Finally, they were able to come out into the "baby yard"

Finally, they were able to come out into the "baby yard"

These two little ones were happy to be with other. Even with other babies around, they always seemed to feel safe, together

These two little ones were happy to be with other. Even with other babies around, they always seemed to feel safe, together

This is Nakoa named after my Native American ancestors, in the baby yard

This is Nakoa named after my Native American ancestors, in the baby yard

The sisters are relaxing in the "baby yard" but will soon be able to go into the large enclosure

The sisters are relaxing in the "baby yard" but will soon be able to go into the large enclosure

As you can see, Nakoa has grown quickly so she and her sister will soon outgrow the "baby yard"

As you can see, Nakoa has grown quickly so she and her sister will soon outgrow the "baby yard"

As July approached, Chiyoko, Nakoa and the other babies had all outgrown the "baby yard" and were now with the rest of the herd in the large enclosure

As July approached, Chiyoko, Nakoa and the other babies had all outgrown the "baby yard" and were now with the rest of the herd in the large enclosure

Nakoa found a branch to nibble on

Nakoa found a branch to nibble on

The sisters enjoy play time with Nanna

The sisters enjoy play time with Nanna

Chiyoko enjoys her branch

Chiyoko enjoys her branch

 

Good bye my beautiful girls!  Please take care. Be good girls and have lots of babies!!

Nakoa

Nakoa

Chiyoko

Chiyoko

 

 


A New Friend for Rose


As I walk through the stable and check each box, I am particularly interested in the nursery boxes. I look to see how the mothers are doing and if they need anything, then I check to see how the babies are doing. I really pay close attention to how they have made their sleeping arrangements.

Since two of my 3 mothers have two babies, I usually see the babies cuddled together, with or without mother. Sometimes Hilda or Frida will be sleeping in another area of the box or just up enjoying grain or fresh hay. Either way, the babies have a cuddle partner.

My little Rose is the only baby now without a cuddle partner since we lost Miracle. I had noticed too often that she would be all alone when Pumpkin had decided to sleep in the upper berth of her box or was up as the other mothers were eating. The sight of tiny Rose all alone in a bed of straw, as comfy as I tried to make it for her , was still sad.

So, I bought her a little friend to cuddle with when she sleeps.

Rose meets her new friend

Rose meets her new friend

Rose decides the best way to get to know this new friend, is to have a taste

Rose decides the best way to get to know this new friend, is to have a taste

Rose is distracted by the sight and sound of Poppy and Pansy in the next box, through a space in the slats

Rose is distracted by the sight and sound of Poppy and Pansy in the next box, through a space in the slats

I really hope Rose like her new friend

I really hope Rose likes her new friend

Tiny Rose and her new friend

Tiny Rose and her new friend

Like all mothers, Pumpkin needs to inspect this new friend of her daughter's

Like all mothers, Pumpkin needs to inspect this new friend of her daughter's

My reason for giving Rose this stuffed dog is to give her someone to cuddle up with and play with. I watch the other babies and they have their built-in friend in their siblings. Rose does not have this so I just hope this helps her. I wouldn’t do this if she had been an only child, but she was not, she had a little friend to play with and to cuddle up against at nap time and bedtime. My husband has been in the stable and has seen Rose and her little friend cuddled up together, in her sleep corner. I have not been able to catch that on  my camera, yet. I hope to.

Peanut and her brother Little Man are out of their box everyday. They run and play as I clean boxes refill straw, hay and grain. They follow me to the sink to clean out water bowls and they really love to play in the storage box.

Peanut and Little Man playing on the straw stacks

Peanut and Little Man playing on the straw stacks

 

I have taken all the babies out of their boxes together so they can play together in the stable.  Tow things happen; first the mothers, at least Frida and Pumpkin go ballistic and want their babies returned, or after just a few minutes some of the babies cry to get back to mommy, which makes mommies cry even more.

Rose really enjoys coming out to play with Peanut and Little Man. She loves to run at the highest speed and suddenly , put on the brakes. She reminds me of a tiny colt. She has a ball until she realizes her mommy’s voice is among the loud voices. I do this for just a  few minutes a day so they see that they can be away from mommy and have a bit of baby goat fun, and they will always be returned to mommy. Rose comes to the door of her box when she hears my voice, so I feel she wants to come out and play , just a bit.

I have to say, I do worry a bit more about Rose than I do the others. Pumpkin is a wonderful mother, but I cannot ignore the fact that there was once another baby there and now her is not there. It has to have an impact on these two goats, mother and child.  I just don’t want to make it any harder on either of them.

That’s the “human” in me. Maybe goats get over things faster and better than I realize.

 


Our Little Herd at Gullringstorp


Yesterday, I decided it was time for the new mothers to join the rest of the herd, with their new babies.  To be honest, I thought it might do Pumpkin good to be out and about and I hoped it would take her mind off her recent loss.

We had the boys out in their enclosure and then we brought out the young girls with our two yearlings. My plan was to make sure they were busy with new buckets of hay and straw and I hoped they would too busy to notice the babies. That of course didn’t really work as expected.

Pumpkin being led out with her baby Rose

Pumpkin being led out with her baby Rose

Pumpkin loves to be on the leash. When she first came to us we used to take daily walks around Gullringstorp. Her leash is blue and we dare not use the red one or any other color. She knows which one is hers.

My husband opening the fence so Pumpkin can go in

My husband opening the fence so Pumpkin can go in

We were both afraid to have the power on while the babies were out. I have since learned from a much more experienced goat keeper, Deborah, that we should never turn off the power. The babies need to learn from the start. She is right. But today the power was off until the babies returned to the stable.

Rose follows Pumpkin into the enclosure

Rose follows Pumpkin into the enclosure

Pumpkin and Rose

Pumpkin and Rose

Pumpkin setting the others straight

Pumpkin setting the boundaries for Alika and Keriana

Frida and her babies really had a fine time out . It took awhile for the entire group to settle down. When they did, Frida’s    babies stayed close and were safe and were really enjoying themselves.

Frida with Poppy and Pansy

Frida with Poppy and Pansy

Frida  setting down rules when it comes to her babies

Frida setting down rules when it comes to her babies

Frida with Poppy and Pansy

Frida with Poppy and Pansy

Pumpkin and Rose stay close to the rocks, a safe distance from the rest of the herd

Pumpkin and Rose stay close to the rocks, a safe distance from the rest of the herd

Pumpkin dared to join the herd but made sure everyone knew not to touch Rose

Pumpkin dared to join the herd but made sure everyone knew not to touch Rose

Frida and Nanna just posturing not at all threatening in any way

Frida and Nanna just posturing not at all threatening in any way

Everyone is calm now

Everyone is calm now

Poppy

Rose

I had to put Pumpkin on a leash while in the enclosure because every time Poppy or Pansy cried, she thought it was little Miracle and would just run in the direction of the cry and leave poor little Rose. while on the leash she could settle down and enjoy the day out with Rose and eat grass.

Everyone is calm now

Pumpkin on a leash with Rose

Little Rose trying to climb that big rock

Little Rose trying to climb that big rock

Rose

Rose decided to try the smaller rocks

Careful Rose !

Careful Rose !

The novelty of the new babies seems to have faded for Chiyoko and Nakoa

The novelty of the new babies seems to have faded for Chiyoko and Nakoa

Frida's babies stay really close to her

Frida's babies stay really close to her and eat grass just like mommy

It was a good first day out for 2 of our new little families. Hilda will come out soon with Little Man and Peanut.

After Pumpkin and Frida had their time out, we acted on the advice of my now goat mentor, Deborah. Pumpkin needed to grieve over her lost baby and we had not allowed her to. We had not buried little Miracle yet so we brought him in and laid him on the straw in he box. Pumpkin needed to know what had happened to him. She went to him immediately and sniffed at him. She stayed with him and so did Rose. I could not stay there any longer, it was just too sad. It was her time to mourn her loss and I could not stay. We took him out after what we thought was a decent amount of time. We will give her the time she needs to get over her loss.

This is something one never thinks of when you live in a city, but as a city girl turned country gal, I have to consider these kinds of situations.

Pumpkin will be just fine.

Today my plan was to bring out just the new mothers and babies into the enclosure. I thought they need to have time together to get all the head-butting done, hopefully once and for all. My plans changed with the arrival of our straw delivery. I could not handle all the babies by myself and my husband was busy. So change of plans. The straw was being unloaded while I put everyone went out, except the new families. The babies were all put into the “baby yard” for the first time.

The straw arrived!!

The straw arrived!!

Wow !   That's a lot of straw !

Wow ! That's a lot of straw ! We need a wagon like that and a tractor, or what ever that vehicle is. I want them both!

The young man who delivered the straw helps to unload it

The young man who delivered the straw helps to unload it

There's a lot to unload and put into the out-building

There's a lot to unload and put into the out-building

There's something about that huge trailer full of straw that just warms my heart!

There's something about that huge trailer full of straw that just warms my heart! It will last for a good while.

All the straw has been unloaded from the trailer, now my husband stacks the bales neatly in the out-building

All the straw has been unloaded from the trailer, now my husband stacks the bales neatly in the out-building

It was a big job, but one bale at a time and in no time at all my husband had them all stacked beautifully

It was a big job, but one bale at a time and in no time at all my husband had them all stacked beautifully, like the wood we use to heat the house

Here are all five babies at Gullringstorp, Little Man, Peanut, Rose and Poppy and Pansy

Here are all five babies at Gullringstorp, Little Man, Peanut, Rose and Poppy and Pansy

Little Rose doesn't have a litter mate to play with so this was something she really needed. They did actually all play together, eventually

Little Rose doesn't have a litter mate to play with so this was something she really needed. They did actually all play together, eventually

We had sounds galore today, from our little herd.  In the enclosure, Chiyoko is in heat and yelling her little head off, the babies screamed when I left them to check the straw unloading progress and the mothers in their boxes inside were not happy with their babies outside. They were reunited after about 1/2 an hour. Then all was quiet in the stable with happy mothers and sleepy babies. I closed the doors to keep the cool in because it was a warm day outside.

Hopefully tomorrow my original plans to take out little new families will take place. We will see.


Updates From the Nursery at Gullringstorp


There have been some developments and some solutions in our little Nursery. I am happy to report all mothers are doing the very best they can and these babies do not suffer from any of the shortcomings we are experiencing. When we see a problem, we just fix it. We find the right solution so that our babies never go without anything.

Hilda and her babies, Peanut and Little Man are doing well.  Her babies are still getting supplemental feedings while they do have some nursing from Hilda. They are getting quite strong and bounce around the box like they gave springs in their legs. They also enjoy their time out in the play yard.

Hilda's babies in their  box

Hilda's babies in their box

This is the little chair I sit on while visiting Hilda. Little Man like this chair.

This is the little chair I sit on while visiting Hilda. Little Man like this chair. ( blue eyes are due to the flash on my camera)

Hilda and her babies

Hilda and her babies

Little Man was born on August 8 and look what he is doing already!

Little Man was born on August 8 and look what he is doing already! He is a buckling!

Hilda and her babies play in the corridor of the stable until it is their time to be in the play yard

Hilda and her babies play in the corridor of the stable until it is their time to be in the play yard

Hilda eats her fresh greens inside while waiting to go out

Hilda eats her fresh greens inside while waiting to go out

Hilda's babies meet Frida's babies through the fence

Hilda's babies meet Frida's babies through the fence

Frida and her babies are doing fine.  We have run into a bit of a snag, however. Before Frida came to us, she had a serious infection in her udder that apparently went untreated. With her first babies her at Gullringstorp, we had to call in a vet to treat her because it became clear that there was a problem. Her babies were unable to nurse.  They were bottle fed, almost from the beginning. She was given an antibiotic injection and something to treat the  inflammation plus a pain-killer.   She was such a good mother , we too a chance and bred her.  To our amazement, she nursed her babies with no problem until a couple of days ago. We were prepared to call in the vet again until we spoke with a woman who sells us our grain supplies, among other farm needs.  She let us know that the mastitis may have flared up again, or she may be low on protein since she was not out in the large enclosure eating grass all day. there is also the possibility that one of her young ones had bitten her.  We now offer her , in addition to her hay and straw and cut fresh grasses, a product known as Lucerne which is a vitamin and protein packed grass. this is to be added a fistful at a time to her regular hay. So we have started all mothers on this new addition to their diet and have begun some supplemental feedings for Poppy and Pansy. These two babies are nearly one month old and are eating some hay, straw and chopped greens and veggies.

Poppy and Pansy now get their very own container for the chopped veggies and the fresh greens from the garden

Poppy and Pansy now get their very own container for the chopped veggies and the fresh greens from the garden

Because of the situation with the milk, we attached a lambs milker to the wall of their box. We tried to attach each baby to the nipple, but they were not too happy.  The first night we left it up and hoped the babies would get the idea. The next morning, it was half empty. We were so happy, but that didn’t last very long. We discovered that it was Frida who had emptied the milk.  So the babies get a hand-held bottle feeding, only when needed. Frida has allowed them to nurse. I still give a couple of feedings a day, just in case.

The babies still enjoy sharing greens with mommy

The babies still enjoy sharing greens with mommy

Frida and her babies Poppy and Pansy enjoy the play yard

Frida and her babies Poppy and Pansy enjoy the play yard

Little Poppy eating from her personal container of veggies

Little Poppy eating from her personal container of veggies

Pumpkin has been a really good mother so far! We hold our breath that she stays that way. Her babies seem happy and she stays very close to them.

Pumpkin take really good care of her little ones

Pumpkin take really good care of her little ones

Pumpkin with little Rose and our little buckling who we were so worried would not survive the night , Miracle

Pumpkin with little Rose and our little buckling who we were so worried would not survive the night , Miracle

Pumpkin is always so careful around her babies, even when she has an itch

Pumpkin is always so careful around her babies, even when she has an itch

Tiny Rose

Tiny Rose

Although Pumpkin's babies are only 5 days old, it was time to let them have a little time out of the box

Although Pumpkin's babies are only 5 days old, it was time to let them have a little time out of the box

Tiny Rose and her brother Miracle on their way out side for the first time today August 27, 2011

Miracle and his sister Rose on their way out side for the first time today August 27, 2011

Rose and Miracle outside for the first time today

Rose and Miracle outside for the first time today

Frida's genes have certainly dominated these two little ones. I love their white stripes, spots and legs.

Frida's genes have certainly dominated these two little ones. I love their white stripes, spots and legs.

Tiny Rose has some refreshments on this warm afternoon

Tiny Rose has some refreshments on this warm afternoon

I really love the markings on these two little ones

I really love the markings on these two little ones

Pumpkin is our tallest goats and she has the most beautiful gracefully long neck

Pumpkin is our tallest goats and she has the most beautiful gracefully long neck

We are hoping that our three mothers remain as attentive  to their little ones as they have been so far. Even with the milk issues of Hilda and Frida, they are still wonderful and loving mothers.  I just love to walk through the stable and feel the love coming from those three boxes. It is just so lovely to peak in and see these tiny new lives snuggled up close to the mother goats who brought them into this world.  They lay close to their mothers with the knowledge that she is there to care for them and to protect them. I am sure they feel this. They look so happy and safe.

Our once empty stable is full of life now!