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Another Buck, or Wether. Maybe… Meet Florian !


We’ve recently had two bucklings born here at Gullringstorp. We had our fingers crossed hoping for all doelings but when Poppy gave birth to a tiny buckling, all hope went out the window. I had previously made a promise to my husband that we would sell any bucks born here at Gullringstorp. We already have a large buck herd of 7.

First issue was a previous promise made to Frida. When Frida arrived to us already pregnant, we said we would never ever sell her babies. We have all her children and now her grand children. Little huckleberry had to stay, no questions asked. He was castrated and he will live here at Gullringstorp as a wether.

Iris one of our Pygmy does gave birth to a doeling and a buckling. Here, I have done my very best to stick to my promise.

Florian has been a beautiful little fella that I have very much enjoyed watching grow, from a distance. Not too distant because I want him to be socialized for his new home. He is such a little man already but retains his baby closeness with his mother and sister.

We had a potential buyer since his birth so he didn’t go into an ad until just recently.  I have tried very hard not to become too attached to this little one because I had it in my head that he would be leaving us soon. Our interested party has vanished into thin air and we are left with no choice but to place an ad for him. I took the photos and grit my teeth as I forwarded them to my husband to be able to place along with the ad.

Not one interested party! Now what? Two choices, castration or integration with our bucks.

For the past two days , Florian has begun his slow introduction to the bucks of Gullringstorp, all 7 of them. I know what a ridiculous amount of bucks, my husband said the same. Most were born here and I just couldn’t sell them. Thank goodness they are all African Miniature goats so they don’t take up a lot of space and we do have room for them all.

Florian basking in the love of his mother and sister:

Florian with mommy Iris and sister Blossom

Florian with mommy Iris and sister Blossom

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Florian with his sister Blossom

Florian with his sister Blossom

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Here is our little Florian on his supervised visits in the boy’s enclosure:

Florian was naturally a bit on his guard as you can see by t he hairs on his back. His little Mohawk .

Florian was naturally a bit on his guard as you can see by t he hairs on his back. His little Mohawk .

Florian spotted the other bucks at the hay rack

Florian spotted the other bucks at the hay rack

All our bucks were busy munching hay

All our bucks were busy munching hay

Florian was enjoying the plank to climb on and the huge tree branch to chew on

Florian was enjoying the plank to climb on and the huge tree branch to chew on

Florian being silly

Florian being silly

Florian up high on the plank

Florian up high on the plank

Little Man came to meet Florian

Phillip came to meet Florian

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Phillip and Florian
Toby came to say hej!

Toby came to say hej!

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When it got to be too much, Florian retreated to the safety of the plank

When it got to be too much, Florian retreated to the safety of the plank

Then some real fun was discovered!

Florian decided he wanted to play with Toby

Florian decided he wanted to play with Toby

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Winston made his way over to meet Florian

Winston made his way over to meet Florian

Baby Boy, (Bear) also came over to meet

Baby Boy, (Bear) also came over to meet

Hej !!

Hej !!

Sizing each other up...

Sizing each other up…

One upset little sister

Florian’s sister Blossom was not at all happy with her brother being on the other side of the fence

After a couple of hours in the boy’s enclosure, Florian was back with his mother and sister.

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Our ad is still running and we could get a buyer any day. We still have the options of castration or deciding to add Florian to our buck herd.

This is not fun, let me tell you. But this is life on the farm.


Let’s Check in on Winston & Phillip


As the days and weeks go by, I have tried my very best to “cut the cord”. Hilda had no trouble doing it,  but I have had a really difficult time letting go of my babies. Well I have really bitten the bullet and have let Winston & Phillip integrate into the boy’s box and their club. They are really doing a marvelous job. I have resisted treating them like babies because they are my little men now. They have gone through the cry baby stage as they cried for their mommy Hilda. They have gotten through the “no more grain” stage and are not needing it anymore. They have been through the bullying stage and have  been fully accepted by the other bucks and are now one of their little gang.

I am so happy that the bullying stage is over because that was the hardest for me to watch and hear everyday. Now they know where to eat, and where to run when one of the older bucks gets amorous. It’s a bucky thing they do. They get “in the mood” and the smaller bucklings become targets. No one gets hurt, it’s more of an annoyance, I think.

Here are my little men, Winston & Phillip:

This was what I saw this morning

This was what I saw this morning, so relaxed together

The boys are being supervised by their older brother Little Man, Hilda's first son born at Gullringstorp

The boys are being supervised by their older brother Little Man, Hilda’s first son born at Gullringstorp

Winston & Phillip were still relaxing when the boys attached my hay I had just sat down to fill the hay rack and hay bags.

Winston & Phillip were still relaxing when the boys attached my hay I had just sat down to fill the hay rack and hay bags. Here we have from the left: Baby Boy, Balder, Pip, Toby and Little Man