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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.

 


Time for Milk Stand Training at Gullringstorp


After being sick for so long, many of my daily chores here at Gullringstorp have been passed on to my husband. I have been taking care of all the animals in the house and small tasks. I am happy to know that the goats have been so well taken care of by my husband, in my absence.

Last night I struggled with the fact that my pregnant ladies should have already started their Milk Stand training. I could not decide if I should start this morning or wait till Monday . Well I decided that this would be the morning I would start.

We bred 5 does but I have a big question mark over one young lady, Peanut. shortly after she was bred, I did witness what I thought was a heat.   We just need to keep an eye on her. I think I may start her on the stand as well.

My first doe was Pumpkin. She was not so happy , but I expected that. She is a strong goat and it took both of us to get her up on the stand.

Pumpkin, finally on the Milk Stand, and not very happy. She is shedding her winer wool; not so sure that's a good idea because we are still quite cold here at Gullringstorp

Pumpkin, finally on the Milk Stand. She was not so happy and  had a few words for me. She is shedding her winter wool; not so sure that’s a good idea because we are still quite cold here at Gullringstorp

Pumpkin looked aroud while on the stand. She had her daughter Rose to keep her company, along with me of course

Pumpkin looked around while on the stand. She had her daughter Rose , who is also loosing her winter wool, to keep her company

Pumpkin is a lot calmer even though she is looking around

Pumpkin is a lot calmer even though she is looking around

My next twi does are Pansy and Poppy. These are Frieda’s last babies born here at Gullringstorp. Their mother Frida passed away  just about a year ago. I still miss her terribly but thankfully, I have 4 of her children and one granddaughter. I see her in all of them.

Pansy got on the stand with very little effore. Her Sister Poppy who is always with her , joined her at the grain tray

Pansy got on the stand with very little effort. Her Sister Poppy who is always with her , joined her at the grain tray

Pansy's sister Poppy is finding the grain

Pansy’s sister Poppy having fun on the grain tray

IWe are able to see Poppy's tiny baby bump. She will either have a single kid or 2 tiny ones

We are able to see Poppy’s tiny baby bump. Looks like she will either have a single kid or 2 tiny ones

 Pansy found the grain

Pansy and Poppy are always talking to each other. I think they learned that from their mother, Frida who always talked to them

Not so easy to see Pansy's little baby bump, but it's there

Not so easy to see Pansy’s little baby bump, but it’s there

Pansy and Poppy are  always together

Pansy and Poppy are sisters and are never seperated

Yummy grain !

Yummy grain !

Poppy's turn on the Milk Stand

Poppy’s turn on the Milk Stand

Pansy walked away for a minute and Poppy was not so happy

Pansy walked away for a minute and Poppy was not so happy

Pansy returned and joined her sister on the stand

Pansy returned and joined her sister on the stand

Here is the last doe of the morning, Iris. She gave us the most trouble. She was not having it! She refused to walk up the ramp and when she did move up, it was inch by inch. Iris is a Pygmy goat and is quite a bit smaller than my Nigerians Dwarf goats.

Iris was not happy with this , at all!

Iris was not happy with this , at all!

Once Iris made it up onto the Milk Stand, she was more comfortable like this.

Once Iris made it up onto the Milk Stand, she was more comfortable like this.

Iris may look uncomfortable, believe me she is not. She is just fine.

Iris may look uncomfortable, believe me she is not. She is just fine.

It didn't take Iris long to find and tuck into the grain .

It didn’t take Iris long to find and tuck into the grain .

Unfortunately, this is the best way to show off Iris' baby bump

Unfortunately, this is the best way to show off Iris’ baby bump. Nanna was allowed out to keep Iris company. I think it helped.

Baby bump!

Baby bump!

Overall, the first experience for my does was pretty good. They will soon come to learn that  the Milk Stand will be the only place to get their breakfast and dinner. The process works. I have several does who have been through the Milk Stand training and are very comfortable on the stand. It takes time and patience and lots of love. You can never just yank and pull a doe up on a stand. You must take as long as she needs to walk that ramp and then to actually place her head in to be locked in. It takes time. This is nothing to be rushed.

My does will not be milked for some time, but when the time is right, they will be ready. As with my other does, these new mothers-to-be will have their babies with them when they are on the Milk Stand. This way they will help with any possible separation issues that may come up. It’s always fun for the babies to run and play and get used to the ramp and stand.

Oh I love being back with my goats. I have missed them terribly. It’s like being away from your young children. So much happens and you miss so much. I know they are my goats and not my children, but in a sense they are and I am the goat mommy. This has to be the relationship when you own goats. they need all that you can give them, not just hay, straw, grain and water. They need and require your love and attention, individually.


A Quiet Sunday Morning at Gullringstorp


Max and I made our  usual walk out to the stable this morning. It was a chilly March morning so we both had on our jackets. On the way to check in on  the chickens and then the goats, I looked around the property for subtle changes and any signs of Spring. You have to look really close,  but you can find them,   Max and I did.

Spring is on its way,  no matter what the temperature!

There it is, a sign that spring is indeed on its way; a baby tulip planted 2 years ago, coming back

There it was, a sign that spring is indeed on its way; a baby tulip planted 2 years ago, coming back

Even in the shadow of a large evergreen tree, a baby tulip has peeked out of the soil

Even in the shadow of a large evergreen tree, 3 baby tulips have peeked out of the soil

A brand new strawberry plant has bloomed.

A brand new strawberry plant has bloomed. We hope to have many strawberries again this year. The leaves will provide fresh greens for the goats in the early winter months

Our first stop was the chicken house. We have a new rooster!  He is a Brahma rooster and is quite tall and very colorful. We had a large Brahma rooster that we lost to a very large Sea Eagle. This is Sweden’ s largest bird of prey with wings spans up to 8′ across and weighing up to 17 lbs. This large bird got into our chicken yard and attached our very large rooster who stood just over 2′ tall. When my husband approached the chicken yard, he frightened this large bird off but the damage had already been done to our rooster. That was a sad day!

We took awhile before we got a new rooster and Mr. Bojangels has had to be the man for all our hens.

We have a problem though; our rooster needs a name !  Please send us some suggestions. We really need help !

Here is our new rooster!

Here is our new rooster!

What a handsome gentleman !

What a handsome gentleman !

After a few days of being picked on, our new rooster is now one of the gang!

After a few days of being picked on, our new rooster is now one of the gang!

Look at those beautiful feathers!

Look at those beautiful feathers!

This little lady was happy on her side of the enclosure

This little lady was happy on her side of the enclosure

Normally the ladies gather here to go inside , but this morning must have been a "hen meeting"

Normally the ladies gather here to go inside , but this morning must have been a "hen meeting"

Two hens pecking away !

Two hens pecking away !

Mr. Bojangels and his ladies, Topsy and Turvy

Mr. Bojangels and his ladies, Topsy and Turvy

These two friends are enjoying a bit of scratching in the dirt

These three friends are enjoying a bit of scratching in the dirt

We have 4 Topsy Turvy ladies and I wondered where the 4th one was. She was  in side in her nest and left us a beautiful delicate egg.

We have 4 Topsy Turvy ladies and I wondered where the 4th one was. She was in side in her nest and left us a beautiful delicate egg.

Mr. Bojangels strutting his stuff!

Mr. Bojangels strutting his stuff!

After Max and I enjoyed watching the hens and our two handsome roosters, it was time to go to the stable. Normally when I enter the stable the boys know I am there and start yelling for more hay. I entered through the back door, real quiet and saw my boys. I include Emil in “my boys”. They were so peaceful and had tons of hay left.

Here are the boys of Gullringstorp on a Sunday morning:

Emil to the left, Baby Boy in the back and Little Man to the right

Emil to the left, Baby Boy in the back and Little Man to the right

Balder and little Flynn, who are always resting together

Balder and little Flynn, who are always resting together

Baby Boy

Baby Boy

Little Man, Hilda's boy born this past August

Little Man, Hilda's boy born this past August

Emil our Rent-A-Buck enjoying Sunday morning in bed

Emil our Rent-A-Buck enjoying Sunday morning in bed

All the boys were really relaxed this morning. They all were so peaceful and quiet. I really liked seeing them like this.

Now to my Milk Stand training. Last evening all three ladies made it up on to the stand. Keriana was the most difficult, but I tried something I read and it worked. I have read so many different methods on how to get your stubborn lady on the stand. Some methods were just plain too cruel, like one woman said she uses a spiked collar on her goat that dig into her neck when she pulls on her. Others just sounded a bit mean for the goat. One mentioned a lead and just pull.

This morning Nanna was first on the stand. She bounced out of her box and up onto the Milk Stand. no problems at all with her.

Next was Keriana, my big girl. I was in the stable alone this morning so I knew if she was to get on that stand, it would have to be me that “assisted” her. I attached a rope lead on her collar and walked her around in a semi-circle so she faced the ramp.Once she was facing the ramp, I pulled. Two feet, then all four . Then I pulled the rope through the place for her head and just pulled and pulled with all my might. Once her head was in place I locked her in.

This was the most humane and most comfortable method  for both of us. I never want to hurt my goats no matter what I might want them to do. Smaller goats can easily be lifted up and placed on the stand,  but when you get a large lady like Keriana or Alika, lifting a goat of their size is no option.

After a lot of pulling, Keriana enjoys her grain breakfast

After a lot of pulling, Keriana enjoys her grain breakfast

keriana

Keriana takes a break to look for Alika

Alika was better than Keriana. She walked up on the Milk Stand her own, but was very careful and took some time to put her head in place. Once in place she enjoyed her breakfast.

Alika

Alika

Look at Alika's "baby bump" !

Look at Alika's "baby bump" !

Keriana and Alika may fight over the bowl of fruit and veggies but these two are inseparable. Keriana keeps a close eye on Alika while she is on the Milk Stand

Keriana and Alika may fight over the bowl of fruit and veggies but these two are inseparable. Keriana keeps a close eye on Alika while she is on the Milk Stand

Keriana wants to make sure that Alika is alright

Keriana wants to make sure that Alika is alright

It was a lovely Sunday morning at Gullringstorp!

Please, don’t forget, we need your help to name our new rooster. Please send in suggestions!