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Who Let the Goats Out????


As cold as it was last night, the sun was even warmer in the early morning hours. The sun melted enough of the snow in the goat’s enclosure that they were able to go out!

Oh happy day!!!!

My husband took the lead with Pumpkin so I could take up the rear and collect any curious goats wandering the wrong direction

My husband took the lead with Pumpkin so I could take up the rear and collect any curious goats wandering the wrong direction

ILook at the driveway,, no snow!

Look at the driveway, no snow! Oh dear two playful little girls on the right.

They were more orderly than I had expected

They were more orderly than I had expected

A quick count and they are all in!

A quick count and they are all in!

Time to unleash Pumpkin. What a great lead goat she has become

Time to unleash Pumpkin. What a great lead goat she has become

Our little herd is now ready for fun in the morning sun

Our little herd is now ready for fun in the morning sun

 

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Poppy and Iris in the rear

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Rose, Pumpkin and Poppy  my beautiful Black and White goats

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Iris, Pansy, Poppy, Hilda and Peanut in the back

Petunia, Pansy and Poppy

Petunia, Rose and Pumpkin

Rose

After the initial excitement of being out calms down, the goats will break up into little groups. They will be paired off mother and daughter or box partners.  Here we have  Pumpkin with  her daughter Rose right behind her and Hilda with her daughter Peanut

Nanna

Nanna

Rose

Rose

Peanut and Hilda

Peanut and Hilda

Ivy and her daughter Surprise

Ivy and her daughter Surprise

Nanna

Ivy, Nanna and baby Surprise

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Poppy, Pansy with Hilda and Peanut

Pumpkin and Petunia

Pumpkin and Petunia

Not sure if this is a greeting or a score to settle

Not sure if this is a greeting or a score to settle

Eyeball to eyeball, hummm

The all important stare down

Hopefully this will clear up what ever is between these two

Hopefully this will clear up what ever is between these two

Pansy and Poppy

Pansy and Poppy

Iris showing off her beautiful baby bump

Iris showing off her beautiful baby bump and cute little teats showing

Peanut showing some baby bump

Peanut showing some baby bump

Pumpkin and her baby bump having some water with Rose

Pumpkin and her baby bump having some water with Rose

Pansy calling for her sister Poppy

Pansy calling for her sister Poppy

My little goat clump

My little goat clump

Pumpkin just enjoying the day

Pumpkin just enjoying the day

 

Pumpkin playing

Pumpkin playing

My little goat clump

My little goat clump

Nanna

Nanna

 

As the goats enjoyed their day out after so long in the stables, we released the chickens :

 

 

Happy chickens

Eugene is happy and crows to let everyone know it!

Eugene is happy and did a lot of crowing to let everyone know it!

All our hens came out to explore

All our hens came out to explore

It was a lovely day for everyone, goats, hens and us! Spring is trying so very hard to make an appearance here at Gullringstorp.


Milk Stand Training Day 3 and 4 at Gullringstorp


I know I said that I would just do up to Day 3 but I just had to include Day 4. There has  been much improvement  from Day 1 till Day 4. These improvements need recognition. My does are quick learners and are becoming more and more accustomed to their new routine. I am so proud of them.

Pumpkin now walks very close to my side as we head toward the Milk Stand and hops up directly with ease. She still has a bit of trouble placing her head in the correct place; she gets a little help from me. Once she is in and secured. she stands well and enjoy her breakfast. She has also enjoyed being brushed to help release her winter wool. She has a beautiful shiny black and silver coat with bright white spots.

Pumpkin with her beautiful shiny fur shining after a good  briúshing to remove the winter wool

Pumpkin with her beautiful shiny fur shining after a good brushing to remove the winter wool

 

 

Leif put up anothr guard rail on the rigt hand side of the Stand to protect slipping

Rose is always close to her mother Pumpkin

Rose is always close to her mother Pumpkin

 

 

We at Gullringstorp as well as at Li'l lSis Goat Milk Soap believe in Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Here is the collected wool from Pumpkin. It will be Recycled and Reused as nesting materials for our birds that live here at Gullringstorp

We at Gullringstorp as well as at Li’l l Sis Goat Milk Soap believe in Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Here is the collected wool from Pumpkin. It will be Recycled and Reused as nesting materials for our birds that live here at Gullringstorp

 

Pansy and her sister Poppy are doing much better. Pansy goes first on the leash and is walking much calmer with me. She goes up on the Stand with ease now and places her head in with no problem. Pansy goes first while her sister enjoys a taste from the grain bowl. When it’s poppy’s turn, Pansy stands beside her . They have a loving relationship. I am so happy that they have each other and always will.

Pansy looks really beautiful

Pansy looks really beautiful

Pansy is doing so well, so quickly

Pansy is doing so well, so quickly

Peanut missed the first day of Milk Stand training, but has really learned quickly what is expected of her. I don’t use the leash , just hold her collar and she walks with me as I speak calmly to her. Her mother Hilda stays close to her. Just as I would never separate Pansy and Poppy , I will not separate Peanut from her mother Hilda.Peanut stands well on the stand and enjoys her breakfast. Hilda stays close to her. It works out just fine.

Peanut with her mother Hilda near by

Peanut with her mother Hilda near by

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Gentle Peanut on the Stand

Gentle Peanut on the Stand

Iris was my problem doe in the beginning, but now she walks calmly to the Stand and remembers exactly what to do. I am so proud of my unruly child. She stands really nicely.

Iris really has a noticeable baby bump

Iris really has a noticeable baby bump

Iris

Iris

 

We are all holding our thumbs, (crossing our fingers) that Spring finally arrives and melts all the snow. We are quite ready for the day when we can release our goats into the enclosure .  They have been in  the stable since October! Time to come out and play. But not yet:

The fields suriunding Gullringstorp are slowly thawing , but not the goat enclosure:

The fields surrounding Gullringstorp are slowly thawing , but not the goat enclosure

The sun shines on the remaining snow

The sun shines on the remaining snow

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As a result of the frigid night temperatures, we have frozen pipe section in the stable. Our water hasn’t frozen so we can still get water for the goats but the drain pipes have frozen so my husband has improvised , just a bit.

A section of the drain pipe showing the blockage , frozen solid.

A section of the drain pipe showing the blockage , frozen solid.

My husband cut the piping where it was not frozen and plced the bucket there to collect the drainage. Once Spring comes and melts the ice in the pips that go outside the stable, he can replace the cut portion and we will have proper drainage.

My husband cut the piping where it was not frozen and placed the bucket there to collect the drainage. Once Spring comes and melts the ice in the pipes that go all the way outside the stable, he can replace the cut portion and we will have proper drainage.

Here are a few photos of our Milk Stand and just how it functions. We do all we can to make sure our does are comfortable and not afraid of the process:

 

This is where the goat will slip her head

 

This is where the goat will slip her head
This is hoe it looks when it is secured around the goat's neck

This is the way it looks when it is secured around the goat’s neck.  Only one of the bars moves toward the goat and comfortably secures her head in.

This is the simple closure at the top.

This is the simple closure at the top. the chain is never touched until the goat’s head is in place. If touched too early in the process, they can get spooked.

Once our ladies are comfortably in the head piece, she can begin to enjoy a nice bowl of grain

Once our ladies are comfortably in the head-piece, she can begin to enjoy a nice bowl of grain

All our pregnant does are doing very well and we can hardly wait for our new babies to come.

 


2013 at Gullringstorp Part 2


Things alway seem to be in transition here at Gullringstorp and with those transitions, I have to make some changes. Some are fun and some are a bit heart wrenching. Well this was one of the later ones to deal with.

My two little babies, Phillip and Winston were ready for their move out of their mother’s box , into the buck’s box.

I knew this time was coming, this is a transition that I have had to do several times. this does not make it any easier, however. Around the first of December, I started to introduce my little fellas to the other buck. They were placed in their box, under my close supervision for just a few minutes at first. The time was increased, but always under supervision. They were afraid at first, as expected, but #2 mommy was always there by their side. Mommy #1 Hilda was never happy during the boy’s brief moments away. That was not fun to hear her cries. But, it had to be done.

I have kept a close eye on my little fellas for the signs of maturity. Little bucklings mature quickly and you must really enjoy the “baby” stage because like all babies, theirs is also fleeting. I have enjoyed these two boys tremendously. Hilda has had other babies here at Gullringstorp and they are both still here at Gullringstorp. Peanut is as gentle a doe as her mother and Little Man retains her gentle ways also, even after 1 1/2 years.

These two little ones are my last bucklings to keep here from our breeding. I made a promise that any future bucklings will be up for sale. It pains me to think of this, but it would have pained me even more if I was forced to sell Phillip and Winston.

January 2nd, I looked at my boys and said this is the day. They were moved in with the other bucks. Having had many years of employment in hospital Clinical Laboratories, Emergency Rooms and as a trained Paramedic, I am able to tackle painful or uncomfortable situations  with the strength required to get the job done.

The task at hand was completed, and I did cry as I walked away. I cried at my little one’s cries for their mommy and for the cries I heard from Hilda’s box. It was heart wrenching to say the least. I knew it was time for these little “babies” to now become little bucks. My little fellas were born August 11, 2012.

We are so very fortunate here at Gullringstorp, each of our mothers, so far have been able to have an entire box to themselves for labor, delivery and the first 4 months with their babies. It’s wonderful and I am so happy to be able to provide this for them. I have to say, it’s a bit of a luxurious life for my ladies. We have not sold any of our new babies to date, but I will be selling boys, if the come. My mothers are able to feed their babies, have their private nursery and play yards. I don’t take any of this for granted, believe me. My mothers are happy and content playing and feeding and looking after their little ones and I just love watching it all.

Phillip and Winston made the big move January 2nd to the boy’s box:

Phillip and Winston

Phillip and Winston

Finding familiar places in the box

Finding the hay in the box

Meeting the box "bully" Baby Boy

Meeting the box “bully” Baby Boy. He really isn’t, but he is always very vocal and a bit pushy.

Winston meets Pip, Alika's baby born June 5, 2012

Winston meets Pip, Alika’s baby born June 5, 2012. Pip is a bit bigger and his father is Baby Boy

Little Phillip meeting Pip

Little Phillip meeting Pip

 

Baby Boy has won the tabletop but Phillip would like to be up there also

Baby Boy has won the tabletop but Phillip would like to be up there also

Phillip is so brave as he approaches Baby Boy

Phillip is so brave as he approaches Baby Boy

Little Winston decides  to make a challenge for the tabletop

Little Winston decides to make a challenge for the tabletop

Little Winston, the baby of the two is making his wishes known as he stands up to Pip

Little Winston, the baby of the two is making his wishes known as he stands up to Pip

Here you can see how tiny my little fellas are next to Pip one of the two younger bucks in the box

Here you can see how tiny my little fellas are next to Pip one of the two younger bucks in the box

Two of our older bucks; the gray one is Balder and the brown one is actually the little one''s brother, Little Man who is 1 1/2 years old

Two of our older bucks; the gray one is Balder and the brown one is actually the little one’s brother, Little Man who is 1 1/2 years old

Little Man my Gentle Giant having some hay

Little Man my Gentle Giant having some hay

Well as you can imagine, I didn’t really sleep very well with my “babies” having their first full night with the big boys. When I arrived in the stable the next morning, they were yelling so loudly and so was Hilda. I mistook the screaming for the boys missing mommy and mommy missing her boys. To my wonderful surprise, it was to let me know they were ready for their morning grain.

As with all my baby boys, they are allowed to have grain for at least a month after they have been transferred to the boy’s box. Since they are still babies, they can still have some in the morning only. As bucks become older, they can no longer have the beloved grain because it can cause urinary stones.

Winston and Phillip enjoy their morning grain just outside their box, on the milking stand.

Winston and Phillip enjoy their morning grain just outside their box, on the milking stand.

January 3rd, I mistook Hilda’s cries once again and brought her boys down for a short visit. to my utter surprise, I was actually in rhythm with Hilda’s cycle. She did not want her boys anywhere near her now. My instincts on  the morning of Jan. 2nd were correct. She was ready for her babies to become bucks and she knew that couldn’t happen in her box.

Well today, Jan. 4th, I got the idea that poor Hilda might be lonely with her boys gone now. What to do??? Ok , Nanna lives alone, and they seem to get along well, so I tried to bring Nanna to Hilda’s box. things seemed to go well for a bit but then on careful inspection, although there were no real clashes, Hilda was afraid of Nanna and Nanna was afraid of all the sounds coming from the two boxes on either side. I sat with them for a while and decided it was not going to work. Hilda will be fine actually until her box is once again filled with the patter of tiny hooves and Nanna loves her home.

Overall, the boys are just fine, Hilda will be fine and Nanna as always is happy.

Just a few of the changes and challenges with a small goat herd  at Gullringstorp in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chickens, Goats and Dogs! Chickens, Goats and Dogs! Oh My!!


We have had lots of rain lately so our goats are not really going out.  I have heard of people who had goats that enjoyed or didn’t mind the rain, but not Gullringstorp goats. They really hate the rain, so we have indoor activities instead.

Our chickens, on the other hand seem to love the rain. Our Brahma chickens really like the rain and stay out till they are soaking wet. I always worry that they may get sick or something, but I think chickens can take it.  No one has gotten sick yet and they really do get  soaked.

 

Here are chickens, goats and a dog:

Max in his warm rain gear

Max in his warm rain gear

Max in his warm rain jacket and boots as he takes a pause on our deck

Max in his warm rain jacket and boots as he takes a pause on our deck

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Hilda and her sons, Phillip and Winston explore the chicken yard

Hilda and her sons, Phillip and Winston explore the chicken yard

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Hilda and her boys

 

The wind blows the chicken's feathers as they enjoy the wet grass

The wind blows the chicken’s feathers as they enjoy the wet grass

One of our roosters, Eugene and one of his ladies

One of our roosters, Eugene and one of his ladies

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Eugene checking on his other lady, Henny Penny

Little Fiona and Phillip enjoy the chickens

Little Fiona and Phillip enjoy the chickens

                                                                                                                                Brahmas love the wind and wet grass

Our Brahma chickens love the wind and wet grass

Max stays out of the way when the big goats are out and about

Max stays out of the way when the big goats are out and about

Hilda and Nanna have some hay in the corridor

Hilda and Nanna have some hay in the corridor

Little Winston meets Nanna

Little Winston meets Nanna

Our little Nanna

Our little Nanna

Fiona plays with Phillip

Fiona plays with Phillip

Hilda and her son Phillip stand in the yard in between rain fall

Hilda and her son Phillip stand in the yard in between rain fall

Little Phillip

Little Phillip

Indoor fun with Hilda, Alika, Pansy and Poppy. Peanut meets little Winston

Indoor fun with Hilda, Alika, Pansy and Poppy. Peanut meets little Winston

  1. Poppy and Pansy with little Winston

    Poppy and Pansy with little Winston

    Peanut, Pansy, Hilda and Little Phillip in the yard between showers

    Peanut, Pansy, Hilda and Little Phillip in the yard between showers

    Winston and Phillip in the chicken yard

    Winston and Phillip in the chicken yard

    One of our lovely hens

    One of our lovely hens

     

    Fiona in the chicken yard

    Fiona in the chicken yard

    Our chickens have dug under the fences , my husband repaired them. Here my husband digs under the door to the yard.

    Our chickens have dug under the fences , my husband repaired them. Here my husband digs under the door to the yard.

    My husband decided that these concrete slabs will keep our chickens inside their yard

    My husband decided that these concrete slabs will keep our chickens inside their yard

    Leif makes sure that the slabs firmly in place. By the way, what do you think if the beard.. He grew this for me while I was in NY.

    Leif makes sure that the slabs firmly in place. By the way, what do you think if the beard. He grew this for me while I was in NY.                                                  I have always wanted to see him in a beard. I love it!

     

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A City Girl Turned Country Gal Visits the City ! Part I


I took a quick trip to New York to spend time with my daughter for her birthday.  It was, as always, a tug of war with my emotions. I looked so much forward to being in the Big Apple while at the same time not wanting to leave my farm with all the day-to-day happenings. I left my husband to take care of all including the milking of our ladies and tending to the needs of the babies. I knew he would take care of everyone, but I still worried about the babies.

Just before I was due to fly , Hilda decided to stop feeding her boys Winston and Phillip. I scoured all my books to find a solution and contacting my great sources on  the goat forum. I received lots of really good suggestions. The problem was. when a mother goat refuses to feed her babies, she rejects them completely. This was the confusing part with Hilda. She knew her boys, called them and cleaned them and continued her conversations with them. We needed to consider the fact that she might have an issue with her udder. We placed her on the milk stand and allowed the boys to drink. Thankfully there was no problem with her udder. We massaged and examined her udder only to see that they were in good condition. We decided that maybe the boys had bitten her  and she was shy now. After some time, she allowed Winston and Phillip to resume nursing. Knowing this, really made my trip to NY easier.

New York has so much to offer to both the residents and visitors alike. I have tried to capture the essence of New York from the Metropolitan Museum to Central Park to the many dogs one sees  on the sidewalks of every neighborhood you visit.

Take a walk with me through New York :

       A view across the water in Central Park

A view across the water in Central Park

Active people in Central Park

Active people in Central Park

Transportation available in Central Park

Transportation available in Central Park

Take a horse dawn ride through Central Park

Take a horse dawn ride through Central Park

A view across a area called the Sheep's Meadow

A view across an area of the park known as, the Sheep’s Meadow

Volleyball in Central Park

Volleyball in Central Park

A wonderful violinist played Vivaldi in Central Park

A wonderful violinist played Vivaldi in Central Park

 

We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art twice. We went to see all our favorites the first time. The second time we wanted to see the Armor display and Whistler paintings. This is when I took photos.

Diana the Huntress

Diana the Huntress

Hiawatha

Hiawatha

The last moments of John Brown

The Last Moments of John Brown by Thomas Hovenden

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The Wyndham Sisters by John Singer Sargent

The Wyndham Sisters by John Singer Sargent

Madame X by John Singer Sargent

Madame X by John Singer Sargent

Welcome back to Part II of New York City…


Hilda and Her Sons, Phillip and Winston at Gullringstorp


Hilda has become a real good mother during this her second delivery here at Gullringstorp. With her previous babies, she had a difficult time bonding and tending to them.We reached out to other who had many more years experience with goats and learned that it was up to us to help her with the bonding process. My husband put up a fence that limited the space for Hilda and her two babies. She still had some trouble so we just made the space even smaller. It nay have looked cruel to have her in such a tiny space, but it worked. She was able to get the scent of new babies, which was all she needed. Hilda fed her babies and licked them and tended to them like no there.

Now Hilda has two new babies, two sons. There was no need for a fence  or a smaller space for her to do what she needed to do. She knew and she acted right from the very beginning. Hilda is there to give those babies what they need, before they even know they need it!

Hilda is more than happy to share her chopped fruit with her sons

Hilda is more than happy to share her chopped fruit with her sons

Hilda enjoys a bunch of fresh dandelion greens picked on the farm
Hilda enjoys a bunch of fresh dandelion greens picked on the farm

Yummy

Yummy

Hilda hears one of her son's calling

Hilda hears one of her son’s calling

Little Winston

Little Winston

Little Winston tries some of mommy's greens

Little Winston tries some of mommy’s greens

I think Winston likes the greens

I think Winston likes the greens

Munch munch munch

Munch,  munch,  munch !

My husband with little Winston

My husband with little Winston

I think this makes all the hard work my husband doe for the goats, all worth it

My husband with Phillip. I think this makes all the hard work my husband doe for the goats, all worth it

 

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Hilda’s Delivery at Gullringstorp


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

Hilda taking it easy after a mild contraction

Looks like a not so mid contraction has hit our Hilda

Looks like a not so mid contraction has hit our Hilda

She looks like delivery is just around the corner

She looks like delivery is just around the corner

Hilda was beginning to get uncomfortable

Hilda was beginning to get uncomfortable

Looks like Hilda is on her way !

Looks like Hilda is on her way !

A bit of a false alarm. this discaharge actually seems to act as a natural pitocin to help contraction start up again and even become stronger. Hilda ingests all that she expels

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

Time for another rest

Well that was a short rest for Hilda as a really strong contraction comes

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’s daughter Peanut is there to give some support to her mom

Hilda stretches a bit after that contraction

Hilda stretches a bit after that contraction

Looks like we will have a baby soon !

Looks like we will have a baby soon !

First baby born at 11:40 pm

First baby born at 11:40 pm

All of our  mothers eat the birthing remains from the straw and from the baby

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 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

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! Look almost completely dry in less than 5 minutes!

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

Finally Hilda attends to baby # 2

The second baby was a beautiful black

The second baby was a beautiful black

Hilda is such a good mother

Hilda is such a good mother

Baby # 1 is out and about on a tour of the box , already. Maybe 20 minutes old

Baby # 1 is out and about on a tour of the box , already. Maybe 20 minutes old

So where's the milk ????

So where’s the milk ????

Peanut loves to play on her chair

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

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 and her babies had some time out in the front baby play yard yesterday

Hilda is always right there

Hilda is always right there

Sweetie !

Sweetie !

Another sweetie !

Another sweetie !

Snack time in the play yard

Snack time in the play yard

Hilda has to keep up with those tiny fast legs always on the move

Hilda has to keep up with those tiny fast legs always on the move

Baby play time

Baby play time

Play

Play time

What a little sweetie !

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our Little Herd in the Enclosure as Hilda Goes into Labor


Well, we got Hilda back into her clean box just in time for her to have a clean and comfortable labor. She was brought back into her box around 2 pm while the others remained in the enclosure. Hilda’s absence was noticed immediately. It took some time before all the goats, boys included, to resume their activities of eating grass, playing and relaxing.

Pumpkin and Rose look toward the gate hoping  Hilda and Peanut come back

Pumpkin and Rose look toward the gate hoping Hilda and Peanut come back

Poppy watches the gate

Poppy watches the gate for Hilda’s return

Keriana and her daughter Fiona decide it's time for a rest in the sun

Keriana and her daughter Fiona decide it’s time for a rest in the sun

There, Keriana's down and comfy

There, Keriana’s down and comfy

Pumpkin finally settles down and enjoys some hay and grass

Pumpkin finally settles down and enjoys some hay and grass

The babies who watch the adults, realize that all is well and start to play

The babies who watch the adults, realize that all is well and start to play

Petunia has a lick on the salt block

Petunia has a lick on the salt block

Pansy was unaware that Hilda was gone at first then when she realized it , she was not happy

Pansy was unaware that Hilda was gone at first then when she realized it , she was not happy

Ivy and Little Surprise who is growing every day

Ivy and Little Surprise who is growing every day

Pumpkin and Rose take a rest in the sun

Pumpkin and Rose take a rest in the sun

Keriana and Fiona move into the shelter out of the hot sun

Keriana and Fiona move into the shelter out of the hot sun

Fun in the shelter

Fun in the shelter

Rose relaxing

Rose relaxing

Ivy

Ivy

 

Keriana finds a bit of shade and comfort under the sink in the shelter

Keriana finds a bit of shade and comfort under the sink in the shelter

Alika and Pip enjoy their little hide away under the table

Alika and Pip enjoy their little hide away under the table

Alika looks so blissful

Alika looks so blissful

Pip trying to get his mother's attention

Pip trying to get his mother’s attention

 

Little Surprise enjoying special time with her mommy Ivy

Little Surprise enjoying special time with her mommy Ivy

Iris and Petunia Relax in the shade of the shelter

Iris and Petunia Relax in the shade of the shelter

Little Man, Hilda's son relaxes in the boy's enclosure

Little Man, Hilda’s son relaxes in the boy’s enclosure

Toby is becoming more and more comfortable in the boy's enclosure

Toby is becoming more and more comfortable in the boy’s enclosure. Here he rests with Baby Boy

Little Man, Toby and Baby Boy

Little Man, Toby and Baby Boy

Balder and his pal Flynn relax inside their shelter

Balder and his pal Flynn relax inside their shelter

Baby Boy taking a nap

Baby Boy taking a nap

Hilda's grown son is so very handsome. I have truly enjoyed watching him become the strong, yet gentle buck that he is today

Hilda’s grown son is so very handsome. I have truly enjoyed watching him become the strong, yet gentle buck that he is today

Toby rubbing against the wall of the shelter. He is doing very well with the boys

Toby rubbing against the wall of the shelter. He is doing very well with the boys

Ivy and Little Surprise

Ivy and Little Surprise

Little Surprise playing alone for a moment

Little Surprise playing alone for a moment

Nanna is adjusting to having her little boy toby moved top the boy's enclosure during the day. She gets her baby back after he has spent some time in the boy's box after they are brought back in, to enjoy, guess what, more hay!.

Nanna is adjusting to having her little boy Toby moved top the boy’s enclosure during the day. She gets her baby back after he has spent some time in the boy’s box after they are brought back in, to enjoy, guess what, more hay! Nanna has to find her place in the herd again, because she is not tending a baby so the dynamics are a bit different. She is doing well, not perfect, but as well as can be expected.

Alika's son Pip is getting round and more cute than ever, if that's at all possible

Alika’s son Pip is getting round and more cute than ever, if that’s at all possible

Pip finds a friend to play with, Fiona

Pip finds a friend to play with, Fiona

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Nanna is alone much of the time and I feel bad for her. I give her special attention as she makes the transition and finds herself back in the fold of the herd

Playing on the rocks

Playing on the rocks

 

Everyone eventually resumed their normal activities while Hilda was busy at her job at hand.

I wonder if they knew?

Silly question, of course they did!

 

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Maternity Watch at Gullringstorp


Yesterday Leif and I decided that today would be the day cleaned out Hilda’s box prior to her delivering her babies. Goat babies are just like human babies, they come when they are ready. For the last week I have been watching Hilda for early labor signs. She didn’t show anything for this past week.

We had so much rain yesterday , the ground was still sopping wet this morning. Everyone got fed in their boxes this morning as we hoped and waited for the sun to come out to dry up the enclosures.

As soon as all the goats were out, Leif started on Hilda’s box. It normally takes about 45 minutes to do one box, but not today. The goats were out no more than 10 minutes and as I stood in the enclosure watching everyone, I noticed Hilda. She was not a happy goat. She definitely wanted to be back in her box. Poor husband had to shift into overdrive to get that box done in time.

I wanted to both help with the box and stay and keep an eye on Hilda. I stayed with her as long as I could stand it before I left to help with the preparations of her box.

I got the new bales  of straw as Leif brought out the old straw.

Just 2 bales should do the trick

Just 2 bales should do the trick. I helped by bringing the new straw

The scoop will soon be filled with the last of the old straw to be taken out to the field to be burned

The scoop will soon be filled with the last of the old straw to be taken out to the field to be burned

Once all the old straw is removed, the box is sprinkled with lime to help neutralize all the urine

Once all the old straw is removed, the box is sprinkled with lyme to help neutralize all the urine

The first bale of new straw is about to be spread

The first bale of new straw is about to be spread

Turns out that half of the second bale would be just about enough to give hilda a fluffy new bed

Turns out that half of the second bale would be just about enough to give Hilda a fluffy new bed

As soon as the last of the new straw had gone down, I went out to collect Hilda. I knew that she wouldn’t go without her daughter Peanut. That wouldn’t be a problem, but I worried that Pansy and Poppy would try to follow. They have started an attachment to Hilda as a new mommy. Thank goodness they were busy eating when I went to get Hilda. and Peanut. Hilda was so  happy to get back in her box.

Hilda and her daughter Peanut are back in their clean box

Hilda and her daughter Peanut are back in their clean box

Peanut is enjoying the new straw and Hilda will make her bed in her favorite corner

Peanut is enjoying the new straw and Hilda will make her bed in her favorite corner

Hilda is in early labor. We may have new babies this evening or in the morning. Hilda is happy and she has her daughter with her in her new box. She can  make her nest and  comfortably deliver  beautiful, healthy babies.

We will keep you posted on developments. Please check back later for updates.