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Florian Follow -Up


I am so happy to report that our little buckling Florian has been through the worst and all the discomfort associated with his procedure.  He is now under the watchful, loving eye of his mother Iris. Iris who was my wild child, always needing to be first and get all the treats, has settled down considerably when she became a mother and a fine one at that. Florian is in the best hands possible with his loving mother.

He is sleeping well, and has a wonderful appetite. He no longer sleeps with the bucks in their box, he is back with his mother Iris and sister Blossom. In addition, he is able to enjoy his days now in the ladies enclosure. There he can play and still be a little boy with Huckleberry, with no fear of unwanted or unplanned pregnancies among our does or doelings.

He has been welcomed into the enclosure by each doe and has been accepted as a part of their herd within a herd. Prior to our goats being released into the enclosure, we must prepare. Water buckets are cleaned everyday, the grounds are checked for any dangerous items that may have gotten into the enclosure and hay for both the boys and girls is brought out from the stable. Every now and again, there are repairs that need tending to. Leif takes care of them, as a rule.

This is how we transport hay outside to the enclosure. We have a huge bale that we need to pull the hay off so it is loose in the wheelbarrel. Max loves to help and rides the hay pile , everyday.

This is how we transport hay outside to the enclosure. We have a huge bale that we need to pull the hay off so it is loose in the wheel barrel. Max loves to help, keep me company  and rides the hay pile , everyday.

Hej Max!

Hej Max!

 

Leif repairs a favorite structure of the goats. they love to jump up and play on it. Some of our goats are quite stout and heavy, so every now and again it needs to be stabilized

Leif repairs a favorite structure of the goats. they love to jump up and play on it. Some of our goats are quite stout and heavy, so every now and again it needs to be stabilized

 

Florian looking very confident as he goes into the enclosure

Florian looking very confident as walks the enclosure

Florian is very much a part of this little herd with in a herd, the Pygmy goats

Florian is very much a part of this little herd with in a herd, the Pygmy goats

here Florian is greeted by Nanna and Rose

Here Florian is greeted by Nanna and Rose

Here you see a natural and normal greeting between goats. Nanna greets Florian

Here you see a natural and normal greeting between goats. Nanna greets Florian

Florian's acceptance into the ladies enclosure is on a very different level, now that he is castrated. He no longer presents a problem by sniffing and mounting. Now he is greeted as a welcomed member of tis ladies herd at large

Florian’s acceptance into the ladies enclosure is on a very different level, now that he is castrated. He no longer presents a problem by sniffing and mounting the ladies.. Now he is greeted as a welcomed member of tis ladies herd at large, which is new to him, that’s why his hair on his back is standing up. it’s a sign of being on guard.

Fun eating hay from the sink in the shelter

Fun eating hay from the sink in the shelter

What a silly little buckling

What a silly little buckling !

Florian being greeted by ivy , one of our Pygmy does

Florian being greeted by Ivy , one of our Pygmy does

Florian gets a much more enthusiastic greeting from Pumpkin. I also think she is setting boundies for Florian because of her two new daughters, Willow and Violet.

Florian gets a much more enthusiastic greeting from Pumpkin. I also think she is setting boundries for Florian because of her two new daughters, Willow and Violet.

 

Little Florian spends hes days now with Mommy and returns with her to their box in the evening, for dinner. For the next 5 days, he will receive a penicillin injection.  He took last night’s injection well. I decided that he would be too active in the morning and like any child would not be still for me. So when he comes inside at night, not only is he worn out from all the fun of the day, but he is  hungry and pays no attention to me or what I am doing.

Well as you can see,  I had real difficulty keeping my promise to sell our next bucklings. I did try with Florian but it was a no go. He will remain with us here at Gullringstorp and grow happily in the home of his birth, 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.