We hope everyone is having a lovely Easter ! We actually have a beautiful Spring day here at Gullringstorp!! No wind, rain or snow!! A great day for the goats to come out. The boys can even come out today.
After Milk Stand training, the ladies were out in the enclosure:
Wishing everyone a lovely and Happy Easter Sunday!
Our goats are West African miniature dairy goats. Both Nigerian Dwarf goats and our Pygmy goats can be bred year round. This means that our doelings and does come into heat once every month. Most of the world’s goats are seasonal breeders,which means they come into heat once a year. Since ours come into heat every month, we have the wonderful advantage to be able to breed our does when it suits us.
They give us clues when “heats” are on the way. They become very affectionate, much more than usual. Their tails flick and wag like a dog which is known as “flagging”. And last but not least, our does have a lot to say when they are in heat. With 17 females, we have a lot of “heat” sounds in our stable. A doe in heat make a very loud cry in addition to other vocalizations when in heat. When we have a quiet day in the stable, it actually sounds strange to us.
Here Pansy lets us know that she is in heat:
In this next video, Pansy is in what we refer to as a “standing heat”. This means she is now ready to be bred.
Poppy, Pansy’s sister was also bred with Balder
Little Man and Baby Boy exchange some “words”.
We are about to start Maternity Watch again at Gullringstorp. We did breeding the last days in November and first of December 2012. As we move into Maternity Watch, we have stopped milking Nanna, Keriana and now we milk Alika only evenings. They will all dry off soon. To dry off means to slow down the milking so that the doe will not continue to produce milk. They will not be bred for at least another year.
This is Iris’s story. Our round little Pygmy doe was the first to be bred, twice Nov. 252 & 26, 2012. She will give birth for the first time in April.
Welcome back for Iris’ Maternity Watch, coming soon.
We had quite a scare with little Baby Boy on July 19th. He came around on the 20th and has made a steady climb back to good health. This is a little cutie you just don’t want to see not feeling well. What a sad little fellow he was. Yesterday, July 26th was his first day out in the enclosure. The vet recommended some days off fresh grass, grains and just have hay and straw. Boy it really felt good to let him and his buddies out to play! Their enclosure had been reinforced and a door put up to keep them in and the girls out.
My husband put a door on the fencing to help secure the enclosure. There is chicken wire around the entire enclosure. This would keep the live electric wires on the inside to deter the boys and the girls could not try to climb through the electric ropes. The entrance was a problem. A door was the solution. So far it’s working!
The boys really enjoyed their day out in the enclosure and so did the baby girls and the others, including our mothers to be.
Sleepy Nanna’s three steps to a nap:
Nanna was not the only one enjoying the day and taking a nap:
My expectant mothers are all a bit tired in the July heat. They rest as often as they can and they are a bit grumpy. they get really grumpy when new branches are brought into the enclosure or when we give another attention and not them.
Frida is getting a bit grumpy with her daughter Keriana. Frida would like to rest alone at times and poor Keriana is having a hard time with this. Frida eventually gets her space and Keriana must find a different place to rest.
With the mothers-to-be resting , alone, my yearlings Keriana and Alika had to make new arrangements for themselves:
After rest time, everyone heads out to enjoy the enclosure and all the yummy grass and flowers:
One of the climbing items in the enclosure was damaged by the goats so it needed some repair work. Finding things for goats to climb on safely is not so easy. We don’t have a natural rocky area for our herd so we have to bring things in for them. My husband began working and our Pumpkin who has a crush on my husband, was right there to check it all out:
I can’t say I wasn’t nervous with Baby Boy out eating grass after his problem, because I was. It was a long night as we kept checking on him in the box, only to find him happy and chewing his grass all over again! Best thing we could ever see! He was kept inside today just to give his rumen time to settle with all the grass he ate yesterday.
My expectant mothers are doing very well and seem happy and comfortable. Frida will be the first to deliver in the beginning of August. She is large, has a bit of trouble walking and lowering herself to rest but there are no real problems.
Welcome back for more from Gullringstorp!