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More Updates From the Nursery Ward at Gullringstorp May 2


How are our   new babies and new mommies? Everyone is happy and healthy:

Pumpkin's daughter born with an under-turned little foot has had a splint on for a few days. i took it off today and she seems to be fine.

Pumpkin’s daughter born with an under-turned little foot has had a splint on for a few days. i took it off today and she seems to be fine.

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WE have a removeable opening between boxes so I can enter Pumpkin's box from Poppy and Pansy's box

We have a removable opening between boxes so I can enter Pumpkin’s box from Poppy and Pansy’s box

The boards can be removed , set to the side and i can climb into Pumpkin's box from Poppy's

The boards between boxes can be removed, set aside and I can climb into Pumpkin’s box from Poppy’s

 

Poppy and her son:

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I apologize for the lighting in these videos, not very much natural light available in this box.

 

Pansy is a very fine mother and her little baby girl Lilly is doing wonderful! :

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Iris and her new daughter and son

While her roommates, Petunia, ivy and Surprise are out in the enclosure, I have opened the barrier so they can play in the entire box:

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As you can see, all our new babies are doing so well. So far, only one baby has been named; that baby is Pansy’s little girl. For some reason, she looked like a Lilly from the very first day. Names will come for the others.

We are still waiting for Peanut to deliver. She was bred once but went into heat again so she was bred a second time. We have hot seen another heat but she has not delivered.

Was she successfully bred or not? that is the question. Hummmmm

Welcome back for updates from our Maternity Ward with only one doe left, Peanut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2013 at Gullringstorp Part 2


Things alway seem to be in transition here at Gullringstorp and with those transitions, I have to make some changes. Some are fun and some are a bit heart wrenching. Well this was one of the later ones to deal with.

My two little babies, Phillip and Winston were ready for their move out of their mother’s box , into the buck’s box.

I knew this time was coming, this is a transition that I have had to do several times. this does not make it any easier, however. Around the first of December, I started to introduce my little fellas to the other buck. They were placed in their box, under my close supervision for just a few minutes at first. The time was increased, but always under supervision. They were afraid at first, as expected, but #2 mommy was always there by their side. Mommy #1 Hilda was never happy during the boy’s brief moments away. That was not fun to hear her cries. But, it had to be done.

I have kept a close eye on my little fellas for the signs of maturity. Little bucklings mature quickly and you must really enjoy the “baby” stage because like all babies, theirs is also fleeting. I have enjoyed these two boys tremendously. Hilda has had other babies here at Gullringstorp and they are both still here at Gullringstorp. Peanut is as gentle a doe as her mother and Little Man retains her gentle ways also, even after 1 1/2 years.

These two little ones are my last bucklings to keep here from our breeding. I made a promise that any future bucklings will be up for sale. It pains me to think of this, but it would have pained me even more if I was forced to sell Phillip and Winston.

January 2nd, I looked at my boys and said this is the day. They were moved in with the other bucks. Having had many years of employment in hospital Clinical Laboratories, Emergency Rooms and as a trained Paramedic, I am able to tackle painful or uncomfortable situations  with the strength required to get the job done.

The task at hand was completed, and I did cry as I walked away. I cried at my little one’s cries for their mommy and for the cries I heard from Hilda’s box. It was heart wrenching to say the least. I knew it was time for these little “babies” to now become little bucks. My little fellas were born August 11, 2012.

We are so very fortunate here at Gullringstorp, each of our mothers, so far have been able to have an entire box to themselves for labor, delivery and the first 4 months with their babies. It’s wonderful and I am so happy to be able to provide this for them. I have to say, it’s a bit of a luxurious life for my ladies. We have not sold any of our new babies to date, but I will be selling boys, if the come. My mothers are able to feed their babies, have their private nursery and play yards. I don’t take any of this for granted, believe me. My mothers are happy and content playing and feeding and looking after their little ones and I just love watching it all.

Phillip and Winston made the big move January 2nd to the boy’s box:

Phillip and Winston

Phillip and Winston

Finding familiar places in the box

Finding the hay in the box

Meeting the box "bully" Baby Boy

Meeting the box “bully” Baby Boy. He really isn’t, but he is always very vocal and a bit pushy.

Winston meets Pip, Alika's baby born June 5, 2012

Winston meets Pip, Alika’s baby born June 5, 2012. Pip is a bit bigger and his father is Baby Boy

Little Phillip meeting Pip

Little Phillip meeting Pip

 

Baby Boy has won the tabletop but Phillip would like to be up there also

Baby Boy has won the tabletop but Phillip would like to be up there also

Phillip is so brave as he approaches Baby Boy

Phillip is so brave as he approaches Baby Boy

Little Winston decides  to make a challenge for the tabletop

Little Winston decides to make a challenge for the tabletop

Little Winston, the baby of the two is making his wishes known as he stands up to Pip

Little Winston, the baby of the two is making his wishes known as he stands up to Pip

Here you can see how tiny my little fellas are next to Pip one of the two younger bucks in the box

Here you can see how tiny my little fellas are next to Pip one of the two younger bucks in the box

Two of our older bucks; the gray one is Balder and the brown one is actually the little one''s brother, Little Man who is 1 1/2 years old

Two of our older bucks; the gray one is Balder and the brown one is actually the little one’s brother, Little Man who is 1 1/2 years old

Little Man my Gentle Giant having some hay

Little Man my Gentle Giant having some hay

Well as you can imagine, I didn’t really sleep very well with my “babies” having their first full night with the big boys. When I arrived in the stable the next morning, they were yelling so loudly and so was Hilda. I mistook the screaming for the boys missing mommy and mommy missing her boys. To my wonderful surprise, it was to let me know they were ready for their morning grain.

As with all my baby boys, they are allowed to have grain for at least a month after they have been transferred to the boy’s box. Since they are still babies, they can still have some in the morning only. As bucks become older, they can no longer have the beloved grain because it can cause urinary stones.

Winston and Phillip enjoy their morning grain just outside their box, on the milking stand.

Winston and Phillip enjoy their morning grain just outside their box, on the milking stand.

January 3rd, I mistook Hilda’s cries once again and brought her boys down for a short visit. to my utter surprise, I was actually in rhythm with Hilda’s cycle. She did not want her boys anywhere near her now. My instincts on  the morning of Jan. 2nd were correct. She was ready for her babies to become bucks and she knew that couldn’t happen in her box.

Well today, Jan. 4th, I got the idea that poor Hilda might be lonely with her boys gone now. What to do??? Ok , Nanna lives alone, and they seem to get along well, so I tried to bring Nanna to Hilda’s box. things seemed to go well for a bit but then on careful inspection, although there were no real clashes, Hilda was afraid of Nanna and Nanna was afraid of all the sounds coming from the two boxes on either side. I sat with them for a while and decided it was not going to work. Hilda will be fine actually until her box is once again filled with the patter of tiny hooves and Nanna loves her home.

Overall, the boys are just fine, Hilda will be fine and Nanna as always is happy.

Just a few of the changes and challenges with a small goat herd  at Gullringstorp in 2013.