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What’s Happening with Our Little Bucks at Gullringstorp


When we started out with our goats, we decided not to have bucks of our own. This was because of all that I have read and all that I had heard. Bucks were dangerous, bucks were stinky and bucks were unpredictable.

We went for a long time hiring a Rent-A-Buck to come by Gullringstorp for our ladies. We were lucky to get a beautiful buck named Emil who fathered some of our most beautiful babies. You can read about Emil on another post “Our Rent-A-Buck” .

Then it happened, Hilda, our most gentle of all our goats gave birth to a doeling and a little buckling. Knowing how the temperament of the mother is passed on to her babies, we knew that this would be a wonderful and gentle buck when he grew up. We were right.  Then we realized that since we also had tiny Pygmy does, we needed some tiny Pygmy bucklings for them. We purchased 3 tiny bucklings from the same farm we bought the doelings. With these little boys , we gave them all the love and attention we could so that they would be manageable.

Two years later, Nanna one of our Pygmy does, gave birth to Toby and I just couldn’t bring myself to sell him. Alika and Hilda two of our Nigerian Dwarf goats  gave birth to 3 beautiful little bucklings, Pip, Winston and Phillip. Needless to say, they all have remained here with us and near their mothers, at Gullringstorp.

We have 7 bucks now in the boy’s quarter. With all the love and hands on, hand feeding every day, we have 7 beautiful,  tamed bucklings. They are all collar and leash trained, should we need them to be led on a leash.

Although they are all tamed and kind, they are not without challenges: One challenge has been the way they have their hay in the box. We had one hay rack That was already in place from when horses used to live here. That hay rack was modified for our goats. Then we saw that we needed more hay holders of some kind. We tried horse hay bags. Well let me tell you, I know horses weigh a lot more than our little boys, but our little boys can really do some damage. they used their horns to systematically destroy the bags. That wasn’t working with the bucks , but did work with the does and doelings. We found an ad for hay racks at a great price, when purchased in volume. so we bought 5 of the.

Our bucks got 2 of the new racks. We thought our hay storage was solved. well it really wasn’t. We had two little bucks who thought it was fun to leap from the cable drum and lad right in the middle of the hay rack. Not a good idea; no place for accidental poopies or pee pee. We tried to move the cable drum so they couldn’t reach the hay racks. We did that, then , one day saw something that I had never imagined. Our little buck Winston, no bigger than a Cocker Spaniel actually leaped up into the hay rack from the ground!!

Winston in the hay rack

Winston in the hay rack

Then I got an idea. Not just out of the blue, mind you. Lids!! Lids are not unusual here at Gullringstorp. I our tiny Pygmy girl’s box, we had the same problem. We had a tiny doe who kept leaping into the hay rack. Solution,  a lid. Pygmy goats love to climb so all the girls have had a chance up on the lid, now a fun shelf.

So lids it was:

Leif hand cut the lids to fit. the racks were modified to keep our goats safe.

Leif hand cut the lids to fit. the racks were modified to keep our goats safe.

This was the second rack also modified so that little heads don't get stuck

This was the second rack also modified so that little heads don’t get stuck

Our bucks were shocked at first to see the lids and were a bit confused. Then they found the perfect use for the lids; sharpen their horns , of course!

 

As our little bucks have enjoyed their enclosure, it became obvious that they were now in need of more grazing. It was time to extend their space.

Leif preparing by getting new poles to put out for the enclosure extension

Leif preparing by getting new poles to put out for the enclosure extension

The new  poles are just waiting to be put in the ground

The new poles are just waiting to be put in the ground

The new extension has been completed. You can see where the old grass ends and the new begins

The new extension has been completed. You can see where the old grass ends and the new begins

The boys are happy with the entended area and new grass supply

The boys are happy with the extended area and new grass supply

The boys like to relax on warm days:

The boys relax in the coolness of the shelter

The boys relax in the coolness of the shelter

Little Man

Little Man

Pip

Pip

 

 

The outdoor hay rack is also a cool place to rest on a warm day

The outdoor hay rack is also a cool place to rest on a warm day

 

Well with new covered hay racks and  extended enclosure, our boys are more than happy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What’s Happening With the Goats Today at Gullringstorp ?


After a couple of days of wind, snow and rain, the goats were let out this morning. the conditions were not ideal but our goats were getting cabin fever. You can always tell on morning rounds just what the mood is when you enter the stable.We have most of the girls in the first section of the stable so when you enter there, quite often the ladies are all still “in bed”. They look so cute all snuggled up together. There are two to a box except our  4 tiniest ladies share a very large box.

Entering the next section of the stable is another story completely. We have had the occasion to enter and fine everyone still “in bed”. But usually as I stop and say good morning Pumpkin and Rose who are in the last box in the first section, I can hear the commotion in the next section of the stable. Nanna, if not in heat is usually relaxing on her “perch”. The boys have been “in bed” on some mornings but that is not always the case. Like this morning, they were up and spunky! Alika is head butting her door making quite a noise.

After all my mothers to-be , have been on the Milk Stand, Max our dog and I go out and walk the enclosure to access the condition after the last two days. It is still wet in some sections, but overall it would not be a day that the goats were forced to remain indoors. I grab my wheel barrel and Max and start to fill the boys hay rack and then take the boys out first. Boy are they ever happy to be out. I just hope it doesn’t rain. But if it does, we have two wonderful deep outdoor shelters for all the goats to get in and stay out of the rain. Most of my goats do not like the rain. Fingers crossed. There was a time in our goat raising that we would run out of the house at the first drop of rain and run the goats in. I soon realized that our goats cold withstand the elements to a degree and they did have more than adequate shelter from the elements.

The girls were also eager to be outside. They ran for the enclosure while kicking up their cute little heels! It’s always a sight that gives me immense pleasure.

Remember when it was time to place my two little boys in with the big boys and I was so upset?

Here they were as bucklings just before they made the transition:

My husband with little Phillip

My husband with little Phillip

My husband with little Winston

My husband with little Winston

Now by little babies are no longer bucklings,, they are bucks ready to spar at any given moment for dominance :

Phillip

Phillip

Winston

Winston

I led the boys over to their new hay rack and they followed like little I was the pied piper.

I led the boys over to their new hay rack and they followed like little I was the pied piper.

Some stand like little gentlemen and others just dive in

Some stand at the hay rack like little gentlemen and others just dive in

Just look how our little Winston has grown...

Just look how our little Winston has grown…

Phillip was thirsty so he left his palls eating

Phillip was thirsty so he left his palls eating

It wasn't long before his pals came to join him. Everyone was thirsty , all of a sudden

It wasn’t long before his pals came to join him. Everyone was thirsty , all of a sudden

Pip,, Toby and Balder wait patiently  for their turn

Pip,, Toby and Balder wait patiently for their turn

The boys settled in and enjoyed being outside. The girls soon followed:

Mother - to -be Iris found a place to enjoy her hay

Mother-to be Iris, found a place to enjoy her hay

As you can see there is no grass anywhere, yet. our enclosure is as baren as the surrounding feilds

As you can see there is no grass anywhere, yet. Our enclosure is as barren as the surrounding fields so there is no grazing for our goats. The hay is important

My husband was trying to see if the outdoor hose was able to be used yeet...unfortunatelky, it is sill frozen somewhere on the line. All the girls are interested in what he is doing.

My husband was trying to see if the outdoor hose was able to be used yet…unfortunately, it is still frozen somewhere on the line. All the girls are interested in what he is doing.

Keriana's fur is taking a dramatic turn in looks, color and texture. She is a mixed breed goat with mother Frida a full bred Nigerian Dwarf and her father Julius was a white pure bred Swedish Lantras goat.

Keriana’s fur is taking a dramatic turn in looks, color and texture. She is a mixed breed goat with mother Frida a full bred Nigerian Dwarf and her father Julius was a white pure bred Swedish Lantras goat. At 4 yrs old, my black goat is now a fluffy grey goat resembling a Black-Faced sheep.

Mother-to-be Pumpkin is happy to be outside

Mother-to-be Pumpkin is happy to be outside

Sorry, just had to get another shot of Kerinaäs fluffy new coat with the silky black strip running down her spine

Sorry, just had to get another shot of Keriana’s fluffy new coat with the silky black strip running down her spine, black face and stockings

Mother-to-be Iris looking just as she should

Mother-to-be Iris looking just as she should, round and full of babies. We think she will either have a very large baby or twins

We are continually making improvements around Gullringstorp and many of them are goat related. One of the biggest issues facing goat owners is wasted hay supplies. So often it falls through large hay racks that have large openings between the bars. You see, they don’t make hay racks for these small livestock. All of us have to improvise or try at building our own. We have a two-sided wooden rack that Leif built that fits one in Pumpkin and Rose’s box and the other side fits the sister’s Pansy and Poppy’s box. They have been working well except some waste in the sister’s box. The boys have the conventional horse hay rack  which works fine ever since Leif had some bars welded on to help keep the hay in. That was a good idea. The problem in  this box is 7 bucks. They can’t all eat at one hay rack and I don’t like to make situations that could prove volatile. So we tried horse hay bags. They worked fine for a while until the boys decided to sharpen their horns on them and rip them causing the hay to fall out. Alika, Keriana and Fiona have bags; they are not without their issues. Alika’s is always turned around. You see there is a nice round opening for the goat to stick their nose in to eat. This means she has to stand up and stick her head in from the top and eat. Keriana and her daughter Fiona have ripped he side of their bag loosing hay .

We bought 5 new hay racks and my husband has welded the bars on all of them. We won’t be placing them in the boxes until the weather gets better and our road gets better to be able to drive the tractor with the hay from the boxes. They still have the winter full level of hay and straw that keeps the goats warm during the winter. With the level up so high we can’t place them in till  the level is where it should be, much lower.

New hay racks for the boxes in the stable

New hay racks for the boxes in the stable

These hay racks are quite large but if you look closely you can see where my husband welded on additional bars

These hay racks are quite large but if you look closely you can see where my husband welded on additional bars

These hay racks are not complete yet. There will be a fencing material with smaller openings fit inside each rack. These are just the beginning of repairs and improvements that will need to be done here at Gullringstorp after the long cold winter.


Maternity Ward Updates and Improvements at Gullringstorp


Oh dear, the first thing I must do is apologize to everyone waiting for Iris to give birth. With all  that has been going on and being indisposed for nearly a month, I was way off in my calculation for her delivery date. I had it in my head all this time that Iris had been bred in the first week of November when in reality, according to my records, she was bred twice,  once on Nov. 25, and again on the 26th. This places her delivery date around April 19th or 20th. Darn!!!  No one is more disappointed than I. Well I am back on  track and it looks as if Iris was the only one on track all this time.

Iris and all our mothers-to-be are doing quite well .  We are happy that all the goats have been able to get out of the stable and enjoy fresh air, run,  play and relax in the sun. We are especially happy for the mothers -to – be.

Iris happy outside with her sister Petunia

Iris happy outside with her sister Petunia

 

While we wait for our new babies to arrive, there is much to do around the farm. One of the things I make a point of doing, is putting into service, items that we bought with the property that we had not yet used. One such item is a large cattle feeder  that sits in the boy’s enclosure.

I have looked at it for years and wondered just how could we use it. There must be something we could use it for. The previous owner had steers at one point, so this was for them. First issue with this large piece of equipment was its location. I felt it was too close to the fence. We have young boys that live next door and I just wouldn’t want the goats startled by their playtime.

Then I got an idea, (poor husband hates when I “get ideas”, he knows what that means for him). Ok,  we will just move it further into the enclosure. Well, that was a no go!  The piece of equipment was set in concrete  beneath the soil. It was there to stay! Darn!!!

My youngest boys are no longer bucklings,  they are strapping bucks now,  so I it came to me , why not use this wonderful piece of equipment for the boy’s hay supply. There were a few posts in the front, that were in question, so my husband used a hack saw to remove them . They were oddly placed, not far enough apart, and just close enough for a mishap. For us a mishap usually means a head  getting stuck. So I am so glad those posts have been removed. My husband saw another potential issue; because the unit is so close to the fence, there was the possibility that a goat could  get into the unit and somehow jump over the fence. Well, that problem is now fixed. Now there is a large plank of wood attached to the backside so that even if they get the notion to jump, they can’t.

This morning the hay went into the equipment. My boys were not so sure, so I had to coax them toward the new hay location. Goats love and thrive on consistency so any change is received slowly. It might take a few days for the boys to catch on to the new routine, and they will be comfortable with the new location of their hay supply. It’s just like my mothers-to-be learning the Milk Stand routine. It was not so easy in the beginning with them. Some arrived at the Stand on t heir knees,  all were led by leash, some laid down on the stand and some wouldn’t eat. Now I don’t need a leash, they walk or run by themselves to the stand, hop up unassisted and begin eating. Just as the ladies learned , so will the boys.

Today was a real good start :

There was once a function to lock in the steer's heads but we will not be using that . There's room enough for our 7 bucks

There was once a function to lock in the steer’s heads but we will not be using that . There’s room enough for our 7 bucks

I know, I know, who has 7 bucks??  Well, I do.  I have made a promise that any bucklings born this year will be sold. We have more than enough bucks.

This is what I wanted to see. They finally got the idea!

This is what I wanted to see. They finally got the idea!

Baby Boy enjoying some hay

Baby Boy enjoying some hay

Toby at the new hay rack

Toby at the new outdoor hay rack

Little Pip has understood where the hay is

Little Pip has understood where the hay is

Look at my boys

Look at my boys ! From the left; Phillip, Toby, Little Man and Baby Boy

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Such good little fellows

The boys have to walk a bit of a distance to get to the hay. They are used to the hay being in 4 piles on the ground just inside the gate.

The boys have to walk a bit of a distance to get to the hay. They are used to the hay being in 4 piles on the ground just inside the gate.

Winston decided to try the back side of the hay rack. He was lucky the power hadn't been turned on yet. If he tries it later, he will have a shock to that cute little bottom

Winston decided to try the back side of the hay rack. He was lucky the power hadn’t been turned on yet. If he tries it later, he will have a shock to that cute little bottom

Welcome  back later in the month for Updates from the Maternity Ward and soon the Nursery  Ward at Gullringstorp.

 


February 1st and -4 C at Gullringstorp


A morning with sunshine and frost, rock hard ground and -4 c. It was a beautiful morning, crisp and clear. A perfect day for all our goats to go out:

My boys were so happy to be out

My boys were the first to come out and were so happy

Balder is very happy to be out

This is our alpha buck Balder

The boys know there is a doe in heat so they are at each other

The boys know there is a doe in heat so they are at each other

my boys

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Little Man, Winston and Baby Boy

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This is the first time in the boy’s enclosure for Pip, no so for Toby

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Once the boys have settled in , we brought out the girls:

Petunia and Alika

Petunia and Alika

Time for fun

Time for fun

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Iris having fun with Rose

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Nanna, Pumpkin, her daughter Rose and Iris

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Pumpkin, our lead doe

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Time to run…

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Peanut, hilda’s daughter with Keriana and her daughter Fiona enjoy the rocks and snow

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Pumpkin will be in my Maternity watch reports soon

Pumpkin will be in my Maternity watch reports soon

Fiona

Fiona

Pansy

Pansy and her sister Poppy will be on maternity watch soon also

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Poppy, Petunia and Ivy

Nanna is by herself because she is in heat today

Nanna tries to stay near the bucks because she is in heat today

Iris will be on Maternity watch also

Iris will be on Maternity watch also

Petunia

Petunia

It was the first time in the boy’s enclosure for 3 of our little bucklings, Phillip, Winston and Pip. Leif always puts the tiny noses to the electric fence. I just can’t do it although I know it’s a real necessity. Every new buckling or doeling must go through this in order to stay safe inside the fenced enclosure. This way we can leave and be assured that no one will be wandering around one of the adjacent fields. They stay put because they have experienced an unpleasant shock, at least once.

Here Leif makes sure that Phillip, Winston and Pip learn as all the others have before them:

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Little Pip

Little Pip

My little boys are getting bucky!

My little boys are getting bucky!

My babies Winston and Phillip are no longer babies

My babies Winston and Phillip are no longer babies

Little bucks challenge each other

Little bucks always challenge each other

Winston and Phillip challenge each other

Winston and Phillip

Little man's beautiul horns at 1 1/2 yrs old

Look at Little Man’s horns, beautiful. Little Man is Phillip’s brother.

It was a great day for the hens and roosters come out and play. They were so happy :

The hens and roosters were happy to come out

The hens and roosters were happy to come out

Happy Henny Penny

Happy fluffy Henny Penny

Mr. Bojangels was happy to be out of the hen house

Mr. Bojangels was happy to be out of the hen house

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Eugene was happy with his ladies around him

Eugene was happy with his ladies around him

It was a great day for all the animals here at Gullringstorp. Our goats were able to be out till 4 pm when it started to get dark. Some goat owners leave their goats out overnight , even during the winter months. It is supposed to be healthy for them. I have West African goats and the cold is not so fun for them, even with their thick winter coats. Maybe I am a bit protective also; I worry about animals getting to them in the enclosure  or in their outdoor shelter. As the sun goes down, they are all ready to come in to their warm (relatively warm) stable and their cozy beds of straw. I can make my walk back to the house knowing all my goats and hens and roosters are safe inside their homes. I could have it no other way.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

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