It’s cold outside but it’s nice and warm and cozy in the stable. This is what I was met with when we went in this morning:
Sleepy little fellas resting together. These are my youngest little bucks: Toby with the “hairdo”, Winston and his brother Phillip and little Pip, Alika’s son
Don’t they look comfy? It’s hard to believe that the buck with the large horns to the right is Baby Boy. Do you remember when he arrived at Gullringstorp? He was just a round ball of fur.
I really love to see my goats relaxed, happy and comfortable under our care
Keriana relaxing with her daughter Fiona
Alika is also comfy and is doing very well since her son Pip moved in with the other bucks
Our oldest buck is full-grown, but as you can see he is small. This is Balder, a Pygmy buck. He is a lovely little guy!
I always love when we get our oat delivery. It just looks so pretty filling up one side of this beautiful old horse grain wooden box.
This sturdy old horse grain box was at the other end of our stable but was moved to the “feed” room. One side for the oats and the other for the muesli
We also have a hay delivery. Leif has a trailer that fits 20 bales of hay. A really nice sight for this country gal…
This was once a beautiful huge round bale of straw. It’s ok to look like this, as long as my goats get straw on a daily basis. We have an entire enclosure outside full of neat little square straw bales, under a tarp to stay dry through snow and rain.
Everyone gets a portion of straw. Hilda lies to “swim” in her straw before she eats and makes a bed to sleep in and eat. There is a real challenge in placing the straw in different places for boxes with more than 1 goat. You have to really plan it out or there will be squabbles. I like peaceful boxes so I plan ahead where I place tiny piles of straw, for each little mouth. Here are our tiniest ladies, Ivy and her daughter Surprise, Iris and Petunia enjoy their straw.
It’s not so easy with my little boys. So I solve the problem by placing the straw on their table top and they each get some. They can be well behaved for 5 minutes then someone ends up on the table right in the middle of the straw. Oh well. You just have to choose your battles, even when it comes to goats. Oh, yes, we put up a second hay bag in the boy’s box. Now they have 2 hay bags and a new and improved hay rack.
We are expecting more snow here at Gullringstorp. Burrrr……..
Hilda had a full day of slow gentle labor in her newly cleaned box on August 11, 2012. We watched her carefully for the hard labor with strong contraction. They didn’t begin until the evening. Everyone was in and feed and ready to go to bed when she started having really strong contraction . this was about 9 pm.
We had a bit of a problem. What to do with her grown daughter who shares her box, Peanut. I had noticed Poppy and Pansy attaching themselves to Hilda and her daughter; almost forming a new family unit. Poppy , Pansy and Peanut had become very close. We thought it might have been an issue leaving Peanut in with Hilda as she labored, so we moved her in the box right next door with the other girls. They were so happy to have her company but Peanut still wanted her mother, who was busy at the moment.
Around 10 pm my husband went back to the house with his walkie-talkie and I remained in the box with Hilda. Peanut was yelling for her mother and I was not sure if Hilda was answering her or just responding to her contractions. Then I remembered, I had read somewhere quite some time ago, that it was not a good idea to change the new mother’s environment and that the slightest change could cause stress for her. ALthough we thought it was a good thing to move Peanut, it was not actually. I brought her back and of course Poppy and Pansy woke up and were not happy, but Hilda and Peanut were together again. Hilda relaxed as her contractions came closer and closer together. Peanut was not sure what to make of the sounds coming from Hilda and was a bit frightened and stayed by my side. I reassured her as well as trying to help Hilda. Peanut would eventually walk to Hilda to lend her own support. I knew that Hilda felt very much better having Peanut back. Peanut was there when her siblings were born. I think this was a more natural environment for this little family.
Hilda taking it easy after a mild contraction
Looks like a not so mid contraction has hit our Hilda
She looks like delivery is just around the corner
Hilda was beginning to get uncomfortable
Looks like Hilda is on her way !
A bit of a false alarm. this discharge actually seems to act as a natural pitocin to help contraction start-up again and even become stronger. Hilda ingests all that she expels
Time for another rest
Well that was a short rest for Hilda as a really strong contraction comes
Hilda’s daughter Peanut is there to give some support to her mom
Hilda stretches a bit after that contraction
Looks like we will have a baby soon !
First baby born at 11:40 pm
All of our mothers eat the birthing remains from the straw and from the baby. This little one has a lot to say, already !
Hilda is great at attending to her baby directly and drying the baby off
Hilda seems to take a moment and really look at her new baby
I thought I saw brown through this new baby’s birthing outfit!
Less than 3 minutes after birth, this baby is trying to get to the MILK!
Hilda works hard to clean her new baby as Peanut, my husband and I watch
She had just enough time to completely clean her first baby , before her second baby was ready to be born
Another beautiful baby was born at 11:50 pm
Hilda repeated what she did with her last two babies; she seemed to forget about the second baby while concentrating on the first.
Finally Hilda attends to baby # 2
The second baby was a beautiful black
Hilda is such a good mother
Baby # 1 is out and about on a tour of the box , already. Maybe 20 minutes old
So where’s the milk ????
Peanut loves to play on her chair
The next morning Hilda gets her after delivery breakfast, fresh apples, her favorites , carrots and warm molasses water
Hilda and her babies had some time out in the front baby play yard yesterday
Hilda is always right there
Another sweetie !
Snack time in the play yard
Hilda has to keep up with those tiny fast legs always on the move
Baby play time
What a little sweetie !
I was so happy when the delivery was complete. Hilda is the loudest of all our does and makes me feel really bad for he when the strong contractions come. It is always a relief when the babies are born safe and sound and Hilda is fine at the end of it all.
Hilda had the same combination of colors with her last delivery. Only difference was last time the little black baby was a girl, Peanut. This time we have 2 boys. My husband says we should think about selling these two. I know he is right, but…
This will not be easy, let me tell you!
Hilda is a very kind and gentle goat and passes on those particular traits to her babies. They have just the same temperament as Hilda. Hilda has hereditary “bad” feet , under the long nails you see is actually, foot. We could never attempt to clip her only a professional who is very familiar with her feet.We have been really lucky that it has not been passed on to any of her babies. We were told that this trait can be so severe that most owners would consider culling. We have not though to do this.This is her second delivery here and her babies are just fine and have only her wonderful traits and sweet little goat hooves. They will make wonderful little bucks and pets.