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Happy Easter Sunday and a Beautiful Spring Day !


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.

The boys were so relaxed when I entered the stable this morning

The boys were so relaxed when I entered the stable this morning

Sleepy boys

Sleepy boys

We have 7 little bucks but this morning we decided to place a leash on only two and hope the others would follow

We have 7 little bucks but this morning we decided to place a leash on only two and hope the others would follow. Poor little Toby was the only one who fell far behind the others. He seemed to be a bit afraid. He will be back on a leash until he gets used to going out once again.

Once I helped Toby to catch up, they all followed and walked into the enclosure like little gentlemen

Once I helped Toby to catch up, they all followed and walked into the enclosure like little gentlemen

The boys must pass through the girl's enclosure to get to their enclosure

The boys must pass through the girl’s enclosure to get to their enclosure

A quick head count and all the boys are in

A quick head count and all the boys are where they should be

It's fun to try and take the leash off when they are so happy to be outside

The boys always head straight for the hay

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It’s’  not always so easy to take the collars and leashes off when the boys are so happy to be in the enclosure

Here are my youngest boys; Pip, Winston, Toby and Phillip

Here are my youngest boys; Pip, Winston, Toby (hidden, but I see his feet) and Phillip. Oh my how my baby bucklings have grown. Phillip is almost as big as his big brother Little Man

I am so happy that both the girls and the boys have a wonderful deep shelter where they can go if they are not happy with the weather

I am so happy that both the girls and the boys have a wonderful deep shelter where they can go if they are not happy with the weather

 

 

After Milk Stand training, the ladies were out in the enclosure:

Poppy and Peanut share a tender moment.

 Peanut and Pansy share a tender moment.

Our ladies were happy being outside again. Pumpkin enjoys a lay down in the sun while the little Pygmy girls play in the bench in the distance

Our ladies were happy being outside again. Pumpkin enjoys a relaxing nap in the sun while the little Pygmy girls play in the bench in the distance

Wishing everyone a lovely and Happy Easter Sunday!

 


Pansy & Poppy are Bred With Balder


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:

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This will be Pansy’s first pregnancy so we decided for her to be bred with a smaller goat. We just try to avoid big babies with first time mothers

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Balder knows what he is doing and is quite gentle and patient with our does

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Pansy played hard to get for a while.

In this next video, Pansy is in what we refer to as a “standing heat”.  This means she is now ready to be bred.

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After much time had passed, Pansy was successfully bred Dec. 1, 2012   She has not come into heat since

 

Poppy, Pansy’s sister was also bred with Balder

Poppy plays hard to get, in the beginning
Poppy plays hard to get, in the beginning

 

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Poppy did not make it easy for Balder

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We knew she was ready , but the breeding process takes time, especially the first time. Even though this is a natural call to breed, our first timers have been a bit scared.

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Poppy did eventually come down and was bred for the first time Dec. 5, 2012. Success! Poppy has not come into heat since

 

Little Man and Baby Boy exchange some “words”.

 


Iris Bred With Balder


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.

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Balder is the perfect buck for our little Pygmy does

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He is gentle and kind to his ladies.

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Iris “stands” for Balder which lets him know she is ready for him

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Balder’s tongue is out as her makes bucky sounds in pursuit of his doe

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My handsome Balder has a worn face from his challenges with the other bucks. He even has a bit of a urine scald on his cute nose. All this very typical of buck appearance

Iris lets us know when she is done

Iris lets us know when she is done

Meanwhile the boys in the next box start challenging each other

Meanwhile the boys in the next box start challenging each other

Welcome back for Iris’ Maternity Watch, coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Baby Boy’s Return to the Enclosure With the Rest of the Herd


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.

Baby Boy with his pal Balder

Baby Boy with his pal Balder

Baby Boy almost lost in the flowers

Baby Boy almost lost in the flowers

My two little boys, Balder and Baby Boy

My two little boys, Balder and Baby Boy

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!

New door for the boy's enclosure

New door for the boy's enclosure

The boys really enjoyed their day out in the enclosure and so did the baby girls and the others, including our mothers to be.

Sweet little Nanna

Sweet little Nanna

Nanna has claimed this bench for herself

Nanna has claimed this bench for herself

Chiyoko and Nakoa like to be together

Chiyoko and Nakoa like to be together

Balder enjoying fresh hay, tastes better outside!

Balder enjoying fresh hay, tastes better outside!

Sleepy Nanna’s three steps to a nap:

Step #1

Step #1

Step #2

Step #2

Step #3 Nap time!

Step #3 Nap time!

Nanna was not the only one enjoying the day and taking a nap:

Baby Boy resting and more important, CHEWING! All systems working!

Baby Boy resting and more important, CHEWING! All systems working!

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.

Pumpkin taking a rest

Pumpkin taking a rest

Pumpkin laying near the mineral licking stone

Pumpkin laying near the mineral licking stone

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.

Keriana licks the mineral stone before trying to settle down as usual, next to her mother

Keriana licks the mineral stone before trying to settle down as usual, next to her mother

Keriana, ready to lay down

Keriana, ready to lay down

Frida made it real clear that this was HER spot and she had no intentions of sharing

Frida made it real clear that this was HER spot and she had no intentions of sharing

Hilda has found her peaceful place to rest

Hilda has found her peaceful place to rest

With the mothers-to-be resting , alone, my yearlings Keriana and Alika had to make new arrangements for themselves:

Alika and Keriana sharing a tender moment. So nice to see since Keriana had a difficult time accepting Alika into the herd

Alika and Keriana sharing a tender moment. So nice to see since Keriana had a difficult time accepting Alika into the herd.

After rest time, everyone heads out to enjoy the enclosure and all the yummy grass and flowers:

The boys head out to enjoy their enclosure.

The boys head out to enjoy their enclosure.

The Baby Girls enjoy the grass and flowers

The Baby Girls enjoy the grass and flowers

Chiyoko and Nakoa find yummy grass alongside the boy's enclosure.

Chiyoko and Nakoa find yummy grass along side the boy's enclosure.

As Chiyoko and Nakoa eat, Nanna tries to get the boy's attention. What a little flirt!

As Chiyoko and Nakoa eat, Nanna tries to get the boy's attention. What a little flirt!

Nanna looks really close to that fence, but believe me, she has respect for it's unpleasant  jolt.

Nanna looks really close to that fence, but believe me, she has respect for its unpleasant jolt.

Hilda heads out to the grass and flowers, showing her beautiful udder. She is due mid August.

Hilda heads out to the grass and flowers, showing her beautiful udder. She is due mid August.

Frida and the others out in the far end of the enclosure, followed by my trusty herd dog Max

Frida and Keriana out in the far end of the enclosure, followed by my trusty herd dog Max.

My ladies out in the enclosure

My ladies out in the enclosure

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:

My husband heading toward his repair project

My husband heading toward his repair project

Pumpkin has to inspect everything.

Pumpkin has to inspect everything.

Pumpkin has to be up close and inspect the repair job

Pumpkin has to be up close and inspect the repair job

Pumpkin making sure it's done right!

Pumpkin making sure it's done right!

The Baby Girls just had to come and inspect the newly repaired stand.

The Baby Girls just had to come and inspect the newly repaired stand.

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!