We hope everyone is having a lovely Easter ! We actually have a beautiful Spring day here at Gullringstorp!! No wind, rain or snow!! A great day for the goats to come out. The boys can even come out today.
After Milk Stand training, the ladies were out in the enclosure:
Wishing everyone a lovely and Happy Easter Sunday!
Pumpkin was bred with our Little Man who was born right here at Gullringstorp. She was bred Dec. 1, 2012 and will deliver in the first week of April. She is not a first time fresher, she has had 2 little ones over a year ago . She had been bred with our Rent-A-Buck Emil and had a buckling and a doeling. Unfortunately, her son, Little Miracle left us way too soon due to a bad heart. It was an awful time here at Gullringstorp. We were so sad and never thought we would get over it. Pumpkin was upset and sad. She couldn’t stop looking for Miracle and then became over protective of her daughter Rose. Poor Rose was all alone now without her brother. We had several other new mothers in the stable at the same time and each one had twins, so each had the other to snuggle up with. Rosie didn’t really have mommy because her mommy was just too preoccupied with trying to find Miracle in their stall and in the stable. That was when I decide to give Rosie a stuffed animal to snuggle up with at night when Pumpkin paced the stall.
We can only hope with all our hearts that this time around will be a much better experience for Pumpkin. She had been so changed by this experience. Now she has calmed down considerably and is just now getting back to her old self. I want her to have a happy experience, all around.
Please send your good thoughts and wishes to Pumpkin.
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:
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.
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.
It’s breeding time once again at Gullringstorp. We have Nanna, Keriana and Alika bred in December and will be due to deliver in the first part of May. Our other ladies, who delivered this past August are ready to breed once again. I had no choice but to request the services of Emil once again. Not only is he a charming gentle buck, but he makes beautiful babies!!
Emil has returned to Gullringstorp exactly one year later in the same month of March.
I feel I must explain the ropes above our chicken’s yard. My husband puts them there after a large hawk flew in and attacked and killed our nearly 3′ tall Brahma rooster. It may look a bit strange but it’s very effective. Our hens and tiny rooster Bojangles are safe now.
I have been waiting for Emil’s return with great anticipation. I have to say that like a mother hen, I have also been a bit concerned about how my little bucks would handle this new buck coming into their box. You see when Emil was at Gullringstorp last year, he had the box to himself. Little Man was not born yet and the other bucks were still bucklings and were in either with mothers or in the baby box. We no longer have any vacant boxes so the only place for Emil was the “boy’s box”. I have to say that last night’s sleep was not restful . I imagined Emil being a buck in “must” and my little bucks could be seen as competition causing fights. I was a bit nervous to say the least.
My ladies have already been in “heat” this month, but they seem to be having “short heats”. This means instead of every 21 days my does can and often o into heat several times per month. Even though Emil may have missed last weeks “heat”, he is in luck because they may be back in heat next week or the week after. Emil will stay with us at least 2 months to ensure the ladies have been properly bred. Emil is a pleasure to have here at Gullringstorp and it is just unbelievable to look at my babies and see Emil in them.
After Emil’s family left Gullringstorp, I learned that they have plans to castrate Emil and place him out with the does. Oh no!!! What will I do??? Little Man can service Frida, Pumpkin, Keriana and Alika but not Hilda, his mother. Nanna, Iris, Petunia and Ivy can breed with either of my Pygmy bucks, Baby Boy or Balder. I will need another Nigerian to breed with Hilda, Rose, Pansy, Poppy and Peanut.
I will make an offer to buy Emil. My husband thinks that may not be an option, but you never know till you ask.
Wish us luck with our breeding and possibility to buy Emil.