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Florian


On a previous post, we were trying to sell our little buckling Florian. We needed to sell him because we had enough bucks here at Gullringstorp. We had a potential buyer, but on the day of the planned sale, a rainy Sunday, she didn’t show up. My husband saw an email saying that they weren’t sure we wanted to sell Florian and that they bought another buckling.

I didn’t have a very good feeling about this buyer from the start.  Goats are herd animals and need to be at the very least, two. They were only buying Florian and did not speak of buying a second. When we asked if she had another goat, the answer was no. When let her know that he needed another goat companion, she said she would consider it.

When that Sunday arrived, I felt very strange and felt like there was not going to be a sale that day. It was raining out and my gut feeling was that it would not happen. I was right. Our potential buyer bought a goat, one goat. I really hope that she takes our advice and purchases another goat for a companion. I hope she is happy with her little buck and he has a buddy or will get a buddy.

Florian will remain with his mother Iris, sister Blossom and us here at Gullringstorp. He will not be a working buck because we already have all we need. He will remain as a wether. This is a castrated buck. Because he would be mounted often in the buck’s enclosure because of his size and new gender, he will remain on the girl’s side  with the ladies and Huckleberry, our other little wether.

Today was his castration. I was not too worried yesterday, but this morning, all the possibilities that could go wrong, came flooding into my head. My fears were unwarranted because we have such a wonderful and competent veterinarian to care for him.

Florian on his way to the vet's office

Florian on his way to the vet’s office

Florian was a bit frightened in the vet's office and stayed very close to us

Florian was a bit frightened in the vet’s office and stayed very close to us

Florian is given a sseditive to help him to fall asleep

Florian is given a sedative to help him to fall asleep

Someone's getting sleepy

Someone’s getting sleepy

After about 10 minutes, he became quite sleepy but fighting it all the way

After about 10 minutes, he became quite sleepy but fighting it all the way

Finally Florian was out enough to be lifted up onto the table and the procedure began. I held his head throughout the entire time and spoke softly to him to comfort him

Finally Florian was out enough to be lifted up onto the table and the procedure began. I held his head throughout the entire time and spoke softly to him to comfort him. The procedure itself took only 10-15 minutes.

Our wonderful vet

Our wonderful vet

 

Florian was placed back into the carrier and we made the 30 minute drive back to Gullringstorp.  Florian was pretty much still out of it during that drive home but realized right away as we drove down the driveway to the stable that he was home. He could hear Iris calling for him and Blossom also. We placed a fresh layer of clean straw on top of the bedding in his box. I had originally wanted to take the first layer of bedding away and add the new straw and I’m glad I mentioned it to our vet. He explained why that was a bad idea. The bacteria built up in the bedding from al the urine and coffee bean sized poopies, was better left undisturbed until we were ready to empty the whole box. He recommended to place a clean layer on top, so we did just that.

I brought Iris and Blossom into the stable while Leif took care of letting Florian out of the transport carrier. Iris was so happy to see her baby buckling and the same for him.

Breakfast with mommy and sister Blossom

Breakfast with mommy and sister Blossom was the first thing Florian wanted

After milk, Florian tried to relax

After milk, Florian tried to relax

He wil be quite uncomfortable for the rest of today, because it actually hurts when he is lying down.

We have done all we can for Florian today to comfort him and make things as easy as possible; now it’s up to mommy Iris to comfort her son. She is a great mommy and will look after Florian. I have no worries about that.

Poor baby

Poor baby. 

Florian will be quite uncomfortable for the rest of today, because it actually hurts when he is lying down. He will move from spot to spot until he is better. We had the same with Huckleberry. He couldn’t really get comfortable lying down and seemed to feel better standing.

Huckleberry was feeling just fine within 2 days so I hope the same for Florian. I was sent home with 5 syringes filed with penicillin to protect from tetanus that is common with such procedures. He will receive an injection once a day for the next 5 days.

Wish us luck please and hope that Florian makes a full recovery.


Updates from the Nursery at Gullringstorp June 1, 2013


Our babies are growing bigger everyday and are just too cute for words. they are still allocated to the baby play yards, but will soon be ready to go into the large enclosure with all the other goats. In the meantime, its our job to make their play yard experience as fun as possible. Because our mothers are unable to browse or graze, I need to forage for them and bring them all back buckets of yummy greens. They get their greens either outside of their boxes or in, all depending where they are when I decide to go foraging.

We have had a major change and I am so very happy with the success of it. I have moved Rose out from her box and into Nanna’s. This way Pumpkin and her two long-legged baby girls can enjoy the entire box. The fence is down! What’s even better is that this is the only goat that Nanna has accepted into her little private suite. Nanna always gives the impression that she is happy alone in her box but I also have gotten the feeling from time to time that she needed company. We have tried several different combinations and in the end Nanna was never happy with any of my choices. Nanna and Rose are doing so well together and it’s been a week now. I am so happy! Pumpkin and  her daughters Violet and Willow are really enjoying the extra room in their box.

Our babies have even been introduced to each other, under supervision. I have no issues with the babies, but the mothers are not ready to be nice to the other babies or mothers yet. It will come. Anyway, the babies were happy to see and meet other babies.

I am so pleased with the development of out wee ones. They are growing and inquisitive just as they should be. All are happy and energetic.

Pumpkin and her daughters enjoy fresh picked greens

Pumpkin and her daughters enjoy fresh picked greens

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Poppy, Pansy and little Lilly enjoy fresh greens

Poppy, Pansy and little Lilly enjoy fresh greens

Huckelberry and Lilly play while mommies eat

Huckleberry and Lilly play while mommies eat

Huckleberry enjoys greens with mommy Poppy

Huckleberry enjoys greens with mommy Poppy

Sisters Poppy and Pansy

Sisters,  Poppy and Pansy share the dandelion greens

the babies find the bucket of greens interesting

The babies find the bucket of greens interesting

Little Lilly leaping of the stable door

Little Lilly leaping of the stable door

Goats are not known for neat eating

Goats are not known for neat eating

Time for a rest

Time for a rest

What a sweet face you have little Lilly

What a sweet face you have little Lilly

Pumpkin and her daughters enjoy walking in the chicken yard

Pumpkin and her daughters enjoy walking in the chicken yard

Poppy, Pansy and babies get the front yard for awhile

Poppy, Pansy and babies get the front yard for a while

Fun in the fresh air

Fun in the fresh air

Huckleberry is having a fine time

Huckleberry is having a fine time

The families always have access to the inside of the stable incase they need to be inside

The families always have access to the inside of the stable incase they need to be inside

Hej Huckleberry

Hej Huckleberry

Hej !

Hej !

Another resting baby

Another resting baby

Blossom and Florian taking a break

Blossom and Florian taking a break

Pumpkin gets fresh greens for dinner in her box

Pumpkin gets fresh greens for dinner in her box

Iris and her babies enjoy fresh greens for dinner

Iris and her babies enjoy fresh greens for dinner

Poppy and Pansy enjoy fresh greens for dinner

Poppy and Pansy enjoy fresh greens for dinner

Our boys are enjoying the fresh air and fresh greens

Our boys are enjoying the fresh air and fresh grass

Nanna's body language tells ne that she is happy with her new room mate, Rosie

Nanna’s body language tells me that she is happy with her new room mate, Rosie

Rosie is enjoying her new home and that ledge is so fun

Rosie is enjoying her new home and that ledge is so fun

Nanna and Rosie are happy together

Nanna and Rosie are happy together

Nanna does this when she is happy!

Nanna does this when she is happy!

Here two of the babies meet each other for the first time

Here two of the babies meet each other for the first time

Pansy and little Lilly look on from a safe place

Pansy and little Lilly look on from a safe place

Poppy, Pansy and their babies visit Iris and her babies

Poppy, Pansy and their babies visit Iris and her babies

The babies can visit safely with the fence up

The babies can visit safely with the fence up

Curious babies

Curious babies

Huckleberry meets Florian

Lilly meets Florian

Huckleberry meets Blossom

Huckleberry meets Blossom

Pumpkin gets extra food. It's takling a lot out of her to produce milk for 2 hungry babies

Pumpkin gets extra food. It’s takling a lot out of her to produce milk for 2 hungry babies. She has a thin frame but she began to feel a bit too thin. the vet said to just feed her more. No problem, more grain, hay, fruit and veggies and fresh picked greens.

Leif chopped a nice branch with tender baby shoots to add to her meal

Leif chopped a nice branch with tender baby shoots to add to her meal

Pansy resting with little Liily behind her

Pansy resting with little Lilly behind her

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News from our Maternity Ward at Gullringstorp


I have several ladies who are due to deliver during the first week of April, by my calculations. Nature always has the upper hand in the situation, but I like to think I can pin point the tim frame of deliveries.  What I do is watch and keep a very close eye on my ladies. I know them all intimately; how they sound, how they eat, how they drink,  how they interact with others and even how they go down to rest. I look for any subtle changes to let me know that she may be getting close to labor.

The feelings came over me yesterday with our little Pygmy doe Iris. I knew she would be the first of my 4 does or maybe 5. She is quite wide and he baby bump is very pronounced.  I watched her and how she was out in the enclosure. She was licking at her teats, and looking at her rear end. I said to myself, hummm,  looks like she will be any day now. We checked her often out in the enclosure and during the night even when she and the others were back in the stable. She was resting easy. I  had placed a large amount of fresh clean straw in one corner for her just in case. Nothing happened during the night and she was quite eager to hop up on that Milk Stand for her grain this morning. I massaged her as she ate and kissed he baby bump and had a bit of a chat with her babies. I love my goats and am always so excited when they are due to deliver. it’s a special time in our stable.

Iris is out in the enclosure on this beautiful Spring day. I sat with them for some time, as always, but kept a particularly close eye on iris to see subtle changes in he behaviour.  There were some changes:

  • a bit of a discharge
  • I could see she was a bit uncomfortable when she went down to rest
  • Unable to decide where to lay down
  • Other goats came to sniff her
  • Her pals who share her large box came to stay by her side

With all these developments, my husband decided that today was the day to clean out her box and place all clean straw down for he delivery. We have been lucky and been able to change boxes for all our pregnant does. We have just come into Spring and our boxes have not been cleaned out for 6 months. Let me explain: we clean up poopies in every box everyday, but we do allow the hay and straw to build up during the winter months. This is very important in providing our goats with a really warm bed to sleep the night in. All the urine and poopies that fall through the straw will ferment and help keep them warm. Spring time is a busy time here at Gullringstorp with box cleaning.

Iris’s box is done and when she comes in she will have a clean house to deliver in, today or tomorrow.

After a bit of playing, Iris settles down for a rest

After a bit of playing, Iris settles down for a rest

Pals come to keep Iris company

Her sister Petunia come to keep Iris company

Even Peanut comes to check on Iris

Even Peanut comes to check on Iris

While I am out with the goats, Leif has started on Iris’ box. There is much to remove, but he has the procedure down. It is a big job and I always ask if I may help him. The answer is always a flat NO and he means NO. I have asthma and not only this, but when I got my first goats several years ago, I was having trouble breathing and felt quite winded as I would walk back to the house. I eventually went in to have a check up and I wasn’t just winded, I was having real trouble but didn’t realize it. I was sent in for allergy testing. I felt like a kid! I was tested for so many things and I was so afraid that I would be told that I had an allergy to my beloved goats. Well time for celebration !!! I had allergies, but NOT to my goats. Boy was I relieved ! I did get some difficult news. I have allergies to both hay and straw! Lord, what kind of farmer could I be. Well I soon learned from my doctor at the Lung Clinic that I was required to wear masks when I am in the stable and handling hay or straw. No problem!! Nothing stops this country gal!

I wear 3M filter masks when I am dealing with hay and straw both indoors and outdoors. I have done so for nearly 5 years now and no more problems. When we have visitors to Gullringstorp to visit our goats, I don’t wear my mask because I am not handling straw or hay, just talking. My masks get quite expensive because they only come in boxes of 10, and they are not included in the national prescription plan. It is a bit of a problem, but a necessity. So now you can understand why my husband says NO to the cleaning up of boxes. I can however, lay down the calcium on the box floor and fresh straw, with my filter mask on.

I can’t help clear the box, but I can prepare a nice lunch for my husband for when he is finished.

I don't really have any idea how many scoops are filled when cleaning out a box

I don’t really have any idea how many scoops are filled when cleaning out a box

My husband uses a large whelbarrel to help in removing the old straw

My husband uses a large wheel barrel to help in removing the old straw

Filling the wheel barrel

Filling the wheel barrel

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We have a track on the property that was once used for trotters where my husband must travel on the tractor to dump the used straw near the forest. there it is set on fire.

Way in t he distance, we have a track on the property , about a mile long, that was once used for trotters before we bought the property. This is  where my husband drives the tractor to dump the used straw near the forest and  there it is set on fire.

It will be my pleasure to keep you updated on Iris and our other does who are in the Maternity Ward at Gullringstorp!

So don’t forget to check back for updates!