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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.


Updates From Gullringstorp


Global Warming at Gullringstorp :

We have been experiencing Global Warming effects right here at Gullringstorp. After our period of melted snow and then no snow at all, we got a light dusting of snow that reminded me of powdered sugar. It was really pretty for one day and then it all melted. Our temperatures have been so unstable. With the warmer temperatures, not only did all the dusting melt, but flies woke up and dizzily flew into walls.

We had rivers of water all over Gullringstorp

We had puddles and  rivers of water all over Gullringstorp

Obe day later we have been having snow all day

One day later we have been having snow all day

These photos were taken this morning on the way to the stabel. We have had snow and much more, all day long

These photos were taken this morning on the way to the stabel. We have had snow and much more, all day long

 

 

 

How are Phillip and Winston doing in the boys’ box?

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Phillip enjoying some hay from his safe spot

Winston has found a way to enjoy hay also

Winston has found a way to enjoy hay also

Winston thinks the hay is yummy !

Winston thinks the hay is yummy !

Åhillip likes to keep an eye out on the activities in the corridore

Phillip likes to keep an eye out on the activities in the corridor

Phillip and Winston are doing really well in their new home. No more crying for mommy and they have learned which bucks to avoid and where to be able to enjoy the hay in peace. Even though they are doing so well, I do let them out twice a day while I tend to all the boxes. They get a chance to have their tiny bit of grain until they are weaned of it and a chance to play and wrestle with each other.

 

 

 

The first stable repairs and improvements in 2013:

My tiniest goats, our Pygmies, live in the front box. As we have learned, Pygmy goats love to be up high. Leif put a lid on the hay rack and the girls can climb on top. No problem there, but someone decided to eat the wall and soon they were to the insulation. I said , ok time for some stronger coverage. So up went the metal plate for protection.

My tiniest goats, our Pygmies, live in the front box. As we have learned, Pygmy goats love to be up high. Leif put a lid on the hay rack and the girls can climb on top. No problem there, but someone decided to eat the wall and soon they were to the insulation. I said , ok,  time for some stronger coverage. So up went the metal plate for protection. 

Ivy

This is Ivy who is our tiniest adult Pygmy goat. She spends a lot of time up there now that her daughter Surprise is more independent. That’s Petunia standing below.

Anyone who has goats knows the challenges of keeping hay in the hay rack. There are always problems with waste. Well we are no different here at Gullringstorp. We were loosing hay left and right, especially through the hay racks that were made for horses. Leif has made racks for the girls and placed hay bags up in many of the boxes. this box, however was our biggest problem. Every modification Leif made was destroyed by the boy’s horns. Finally we took it to our neighbor Bosse, for welding. The bars going horizontally help hold the hay bales in and provides a good place for horn scratching.

Boy's hay rack

Boy’s improved hay rack

Toby, Nanna's little boy, really enjoys the new impoved hay rack for his horns

Toby, Nanna’s little boy, really enjoys the new improved hay rack for his horns. Balder is standing nearby on the tabletop.

 

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