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Good Evening from Gullringstorp !


Another cold day here at Gullringstorp. Our boys were out and they enjoyed their time out. Boy, did they need it.

All our goats will all be getting their dinner real soon and tucked in for the night.

I had a really moving moment in our stable today. When the girls are in, I make the time to spend time with each goat and give kisses and hugs. It’s also a time to feel each goat’s body and make sure each one is feeling well with no aches or uncomfortable places in the body.

While sitting with Pansy who holds a special place in my heart as does Keriana, I became overcome with emotion. You see, Keriana is Frida’s first baby born here 4 years ago and Pansy and her sister Poppy are her second set of twins born with us. We lost my first goat Frida and one of her daughters Poppy, to pneumonia. Poppy left a little buckling who has been adopted by Pansy. Little Huckleberry is just so cute and impish.

As I snuggled into his fluffy baby fur, I told him his grandmother Frida would have just loved him. I told him she would have kissed him everyday and made sure he was happy and safe.

Well, as I held him, felt his fur and smelled him, I just started crying. I couldn’t stop thinking of how I missed Frida and Huckleberry’s mother Poppy. Pansy’s daughter, Lilly tried to lick my tears away, wondering why I was making such unfamiliar sounds.

I miss our beautiful Frida every single day. I want never to forget her and her beautiful face .
Huckleberry really is her grandson and Pansy and Keriana are definitely her daughters.

Huckleberry explores the boy’s box and just like her mother Frida, Pansy keeps a close eye on him.

Huckleberry in the boy's box

Huckleberry visiting and exploring the boy’s box

Pansy keeping eye on Huckleberry

Pansy keeping eye on Huckleberry

Our cute Huckleberry in the enclosure

Our cute Huckleberry in the enclosure

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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

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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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Sun and Heat at Gullringstorp


After winter temperatures, we had a day when the sun came out and boy did it come out. I had rotated mommies and babies and for some time I had Poppy, Pansy and their babies out in the front yard. When they went out, we were still over cast with clouds and it felt like rain. I had no worry about sun. I came out to do my regular check in and saw the ladies resting against the wall with the babies. They looked idyllic, until I took a closer look. Pansy was breathing really hard and I got really worried. I immediately took them all inside the cool stable. Once in their boxes I examined them all very closely. Poppy was panting slightly, but Pansy was really panting hard. When you have goats or any animal for that manner, you have to think on your feet. there is no time to run into the house to check your books; you have to use your head and any previous experience, fast. Cold water!!! Ok I know goats don’t like getting wet but I didn’t care. Cold water was the answer. First on her cheeks , then her neck, then on the rump. She loved it and waited for more. Then of course the cold water bucket held up to her where she stood. I did all I felt was needed to cool my dear Pansy down. It worked. Two cooling down session 15 minutes apart did the trick. We have a shelter wall to protect our goats from the sun, but it’s being used as a fence in Pumpkin’s box, temporarily. Leif will have to find another way to separate her box and place that sun shelter back where it belongs. The sun snuck up on us all and I was not prepared and the sun in Sweden is HOT, even 10 minutes of it. Pansy is fine and so is little Lilly!

 

Pansy and little Lilly

Pansy and little Lilly

We took the board away from Pumpkin's box abd iut became our sun shelter in the front bay yard

We took the board away from Pumpkin’s box and it became our sun shelter in the front bay yard

This was only possible because of a wonderful development in Poppy and Pansy’s box. Because they are sisters and because they have been out together in the stable corridor with their babies, they have a great tolerance of each other. their separating fence came down and was moved to Pumpkin’s box. Pumpkin is still not very calm with having others near her babies except us.

Now there is a new fence up ion Pumpkin's box and we can see her and her babies Violet and Willow

Now there is a new fence up ion Pumpkin’s box and we can see her and her babies Violet and Willow

Meanwhile, it is a real delight watching Poppy Pansy and their little ones, Lilly and Huckleberry in peaceful coexistence.

They have even changed sides of the box. Pansy is enjoying the little nook with Lilly safely tucked away and Poppy is where Pansy used to be as her son Hukcelberry is so re

They have even changed sides of the box. Pansy is enjoying the little nook with Lilly safely tucked away  under her chin while  Poppy is where Pansy used to be as her son huckleberry is so relaxed

With our sun and heat worry over, the clouds and rain have come back. Oh well, we are ready for the next time the Arctic sun shines again.

 


More Updates From the Nursery Ward at Gullringstorp May 2


How are our   new babies and new mommies? Everyone is happy and healthy:

Pumpkin's daughter born with an under-turned little foot has had a splint on for a few days. i took it off today and she seems to be fine.

Pumpkin’s daughter born with an under-turned little foot has had a splint on for a few days. i took it off today and she seems to be fine.

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WE have a removeable opening between boxes so I can enter Pumpkin's box from Poppy and Pansy's box

We have a removable opening between boxes so I can enter Pumpkin’s box from Poppy and Pansy’s box

The boards can be removed , set to the side and i can climb into Pumpkin's box from Poppy's

The boards between boxes can be removed, set aside and I can climb into Pumpkin’s box from Poppy’s

 

Poppy and her son:

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I apologize for the lighting in these videos, not very much natural light available in this box.

 

Pansy is a very fine mother and her little baby girl Lilly is doing wonderful! :

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Iris and her new daughter and son

While her roommates, Petunia, ivy and Surprise are out in the enclosure, I have opened the barrier so they can play in the entire box:

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As you can see, all our new babies are doing so well. So far, only one baby has been named; that baby is Pansy’s little girl. For some reason, she looked like a Lilly from the very first day. Names will come for the others.

We are still waiting for Peanut to deliver. She was bred once but went into heat again so she was bred a second time. We have hot seen another heat but she has not delivered.

Was she successfully bred or not? that is the question. Hummmmm

Welcome back for updates from our Maternity Ward with only one doe left, Peanut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Updates From the Maternity and Nursery Wards at Gullringstorp May 1


Oh my, what can I say? Our stable here at Gullringstorp is alive with the sounds tiny hooves and sweet sounds from our new babies.

I had a shock last evening on my evening rounds to feed and get everyone ready for bed. When I entered the stable, the very first box holds our first mother to deliver, Iris with her little girl and boy. One peak in said it all; the babies were happy, running and hopping all over the box. Next box, Peanut was relaxing with her mommy Hilda. No baby has come yet, still waiting. All the while I was hearing a sound that I was not so sure was Poppy chatting with her baby boy. I knew it wasn’t Pumpkin, I recognize all their voices. As I peaked in to say hej to Pansy and look through the fence to check on Poppy and her son, I noticed a different look on Pansy’s face as she looked up at me. She looked like, “well…?”I looked down and saw a baby snuggled up against her box door. First thought, Oh no Poppy’s boy got through the barrier ! Then I was afraid that Pansy might injure this little baby. Oh my heart was beating so fast , I can’t tell you. then all of a sudden, Poppy’s baby boy hopped out into view just where he was supposed to be, on his side of the barrier with his mommy, safe and sound.

After the shock wore off and Leif had arrived and we enjoyed the new baby, I continued my trip down the stable and Pumpkin and her daughters were doing very well. Rose was getting more and more used to the barrier. the second half of our stable is now known as the low maintenance wing. Nanna was in heat , but no problem with that, just loud, the boys were out of hay, not at all unusual, Alika, Keriana and her daughter Fiona were just waiting for their dinner. I asked Leif to stay and keep a close eye on baby Lilly and mommy while I took care of the rest.

Pansy had a baby approximately 6:30 pm April 30, 2013 !

Pansy showed absolutely no signs she was going into labor so in between our checks on the goats throughout the day, she decided to have a baby. Her baby was still wet and she was busy cleaning up the after birth. Of course I went to the stable without my camera. Once I caught my breath, I ran back to the house to grab my camera. When I returned, I panicked. The baby was laying flat as a pancake while Pansy was frantically licking the baby. I was so afraid that the baby hadn’t made it. I was alone so I called my husband in the house. In the meanwhile, I couldn’t wait for him so I went in and lifted up that tiny head and up the baby got. Oh be still my heart. this baby was up on those tiny legs and began talking to mommy. By t he time Leif made it down to the stable the baby was actually walking around and exploring . When I aroused the baby, I picked the baby up and did a quick inspection. A GIRL !!!!! Oh happy day! I named her right away.

Meet Lilly and happy proud mother Pansy:

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Pansy is as wonderful mother as was her own, Frida. She and Poppy had the best teacher there could possibly be.

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You can see Poppy loving her little boy in the other half of the box as Pansy tends to her new daughter

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Looking so cute Lilly!

Baby knew there was milk somewhere, but couldn't find it  or just hadn't yet

Baby knew there was milk somewhere, but couldn’t find it or just hadn’t yet

Pansy's mouth was constantly going, either chatting or cleaning her baby

Pansy’s mouth was constantly going, either chatting or cleaning her baby

Happy Birthday Lilly !

Happy Birthday Lilly !

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Lilly waits while mommy continues to clean up all evidence of a birth. She even cleaned the blood of the boards on the side of the box

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Constant licking dries the baby quite quickly. Good thing because even though it’s Spring, we have winter temperatures during the evenings and nights

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Lilly decides to take a walk as mommy calls to her

Pansy gets the Gullringstorp birthing molasses and chopped veggies and fruit

An exhausted Pansy gets the Gullringstorp birthing molasses and warm water with chopped veggies and fruit. Baby takes a well deserved rest

After some time, Lilly found the milk store had a drink or two and was looking stronger.

After some time, Lilly found the milk store had a drink or two and was looking stronger.

Lilly is so beautiful with coloring from her father Balder and she's a large baby that she got from her mommy.

Lilly is so beautiful with coloring from her father Balder and she’s a large baby that she got from her mommy.

I went to bed last night with joy and trepidation in my heart. I hoped that what I saw in Lilly and her mother was just temporary. I was so afraid that we had a weak baby and a mother who may not have survived her delivery. I woke up this morning and sat on the edge of my bed a bit terrified to dress and make my way top the stable. For the first time, I was actually afraid of what I might find.

We are still blessed…. Lilly was fine and happy this morning as was her beautiful loving mother Pansy.

Thank you, Thank you from the bottom of my heart…


Updates from the Nursery at Gullringstorp and a bit More


I am so very happy to report that all the babies and new mommies are doing well here at Gullringstorp!

Iris’ little ones are so cute and bouncy and so curious. They eat well, plenty of mommy’s milk and starting to nibble on the hay. They watch mommy and try to do as she does. Iris is a surprise to us both; this wild child has become a wonderful first time mother . I am so proud of her.

Iris and her babies

Iris and her babies

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Poppy is a wonderful mother as was her own mother, Frida. She is all about her little son and always keeps him under her chin as she rests and he naps. She is constantly chatting to him and licking him all over, even while he sleeps. I am so pleased to see her as great a first time mother as Frida. She had an excellent teacher. Both Poppy and her sister Pansy miss their mother so much, it is evident in their eyes since they lost her. I am so glad they will have their new babies to keep them occupied and happier than I could ever have made them. We are still waiting for Pansy to deliver. Soon we hope.

A rare photo of Poppy's son . He is usually tucked up nice and cozy under mommy's chin

A rare photo of Poppy’s son . He is usually tucked up nice and cozy under mommy’s chin

Pumpkin is doing as well as always with her two daughters. She is a joy to watch as she tends to each little girl with lots of love and conversation.  The girls are flourishing in her loving care. Even our little one with the foot issue. She is bouncing around her space and jumping everywhere. We appear to have two healthy little babies and we are just keeping our fingers crossed that the little foot will be the only issue we and Pumpkin have to face.

Pumpkin has a very lovely  udder and her teats are just the right size for her tiny babies

Pumpkin has a very lovely udder and her teats are just the right size for her tiny babies

This is our little one with a splint on her leg

This is our little one with a splint on her leg. She is getting around just fine.

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As with all the new mothers, we have had to place up fences or barriers to keep the other goats away while they bond with their new babies. Pumpkin was no different. As much as Pumpkin loves her adult daughter Rose, she is a new mother and as such is very protective. There was need to take risks that Rose might hurt the babies or Pumpkin become angry with her daughter Rose. I hated to ask Leif after many hours spent cleaning out the boy’s box and stable of old straw, to help and put up a barrier in Pumpkin’s box before we brought the goats in for the evening. He wasn’t happy, I know because he was tired, but we had no choice. It would make Pumpkin feel safe with her babies but it would not be fun for Rose and it wasn’t when she was brought in. She will get used to it. She has already broken down the door area so she can see her mommy. I just think that she gets instructions from Pumpkin to stay put on her side of the fence. So far, so good. She will soon become used to it and won’t be so upset as long as she can see Pumpkin and talk with her.

We had run out of see through metal fenceing that would fit in the boxes so we used the sunscreen board from the front bayby pölay yard. No one is out yet and there is no sun. I don't really like it but it's temporary

We had run out of see through metal fencing that would fit in the boxes so we used the sunscreen board from the front baby play yard. No one is out there yet and there is no sun. I don’t really like it but it’s temporary

Leif has been busy with other things as well here at Gullringstorp. We are always fixing and repairing after the winter and oddly enough we are preparing now for the next winter. We have a furnace in the basement where a lot of firewood is brought in from the outdoor storage and burned to heat the entire house including the water:

WE have purchased wood already chopped for our home the past winters, but this winter my husband chosse to buy logs and cleave them himself; more cost efficient and I think fun for him

We usually  purchased wood that has already been chopped for our home the past winters, but this winter my husband decided to buy logs and cleave them himself; more cost efficient and I think fun for him

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Our intire home is heated and so is our water, from these wood chunks being burned in our furnace

These logs will remain in our outdoor storage area to dry out before being brought inside to the basement storage and held there for future use..

I hope you have enjoyed some of the updates from Gullringstorp.

 

 

 


Updates From the Maternity Ward at Gullringstorp 2013


With a bit of disappointment I must report that our little Iris did not have her babies last night. It just goes to show you, no matter how you may want babies to be born, they will always come when they are ready .

We checked Iris several times last night and again this morning. I can say that she is due quite soon, just when, only Mother Nature knows for certain.

We had yet another lovely Spring day and all our goats were out till nearly 8 pm this evening.

Here are our mothers-to-be :

Iris

There's that beautiful Baby Bump

There’s that beautiful Baby Bump

Iris enjoying some hay with her sister

Iris enjoying some hay with her sister

Smile for the camera Iris !

Smile for the camera Iris !

That tummy can't get any rounder

That tummy can’t get any rounder

Another view of our Iris and her Baby Bump

Another view of our Iris and her Baby Bump

Iris is so big , she seems a bit  uncomfortable

Iris is so big, she seems a bit uncomfortable

Pumpkin

This is Pumpkins second pregnancy at Gullringstorp and she like to lay down a lot inside or out

This is Pumpkins second pregnancy at Gullringstorp and she like to lay down a lot inside or out

Pumpkin resting but keeping a close eye on her 2 yr old daughter Rose

Pumpkin resting but keeping a close eye on her 2 yr old daughter Rose

Pumpkin having a hay snack with Rose

Pumpkin having a hay snack with Rose

Peanut

Peanut, our mystery mother-to-be-maybe. She has been bred but  came into heat at least once, so we are not  completely sure she is pregnant

Peanut, our mystery mother-to-be-maybe. She has been bred but came into heat at least once, so we are not completely sure she is pregnant

Pansy

Pansy is very much like her mother Frida and not showing very much

Pansy is very much like her mother Frida and not showing very much

Poppy

Poppy,, Pansy's sister enjoying some hay

Poppy, Pansy’s sister enjoying some hay

Here are four of our five mothers-to-be :

Poppy, Iris, Pansy and Pumpkin

Poppy, Iris, Pansy and Pumpkin with her daughter Rose. Peanut is not in this photo

I will keep you updated with post from the Maternity Ward at Gullringstorp and share all the news.

Sorry no babies yet, but, they are coming!!


Happy Easter Sunday and a Beautiful Spring Day !


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.

The boys were so relaxed when I entered the stable this morning

The boys were so relaxed when I entered the stable this morning

Sleepy boys

Sleepy boys

We have 7 little bucks but this morning we decided to place a leash on only two and hope the others would follow

We have 7 little bucks but this morning we decided to place a leash on only two and hope the others would follow. Poor little Toby was the only one who fell far behind the others. He seemed to be a bit afraid. He will be back on a leash until he gets used to going out once again.

Once I helped Toby to catch up, they all followed and walked into the enclosure like little gentlemen

Once I helped Toby to catch up, they all followed and walked into the enclosure like little gentlemen

The boys must pass through the girl's enclosure to get to their enclosure

The boys must pass through the girl’s enclosure to get to their enclosure

A quick head count and all the boys are in

A quick head count and all the boys are where they should be

It's fun to try and take the leash off when they are so happy to be outside

The boys always head straight for the hay

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It’s’  not always so easy to take the collars and leashes off when the boys are so happy to be in the enclosure

Here are my youngest boys; Pip, Winston, Toby and Phillip

Here are my youngest boys; Pip, Winston, Toby (hidden, but I see his feet) and Phillip. Oh my how my baby bucklings have grown. Phillip is almost as big as his big brother Little Man

I am so happy that both the girls and the boys have a wonderful deep shelter where they can go if they are not happy with the weather

I am so happy that both the girls and the boys have a wonderful deep shelter where they can go if they are not happy with the weather

 

 

After Milk Stand training, the ladies were out in the enclosure:

Poppy and Peanut share a tender moment.

 Peanut and Pansy share a tender moment.

Our ladies were happy being outside again. Pumpkin enjoys a lay down in the sun while the little Pygmy girls play in the bench in the distance

Our ladies were happy being outside again. Pumpkin enjoys a relaxing nap in the sun while the little Pygmy girls play in the bench in the distance

Wishing everyone a lovely and Happy Easter Sunday!

 


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

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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

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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 2, March 23rd at Gullringstorp


March 22nd was the first day of Milk Stand training for my does who are expecting. It went exactly as I had expected.  I expected that Pumpkin would resist when she realized she wasn’t leading the herd out to the enclosure. She did just that.

Our sisters Pansy and Poppy can never be separated, this was no exception. As long as they were together and could see each other, they were fine.

Iris was the biggest surprise. She has a bit of history that needs to be explained. She was born at the same farm as our other Pygmy goats. At this particular farm , they do not believe in hands on especially with the babies, so they are not socialized at all. They all arrive at Gullringstorp very timid and it has taken a couple of years to gain their trust. Iris is a bit of a special case. Someone bought her mother at the same time that Iris was nursing. This meant that Iris had to move with her mother until she was ready to come to us at Gullringstorp. Her second mother absolutely spoiled her. Not so sure what she did, but Iris is pushy and expects to be first all the time. It has taken us nearly 2 years to try to calm her down. She will rush in front of the others for grain or even jump into the bucket of hay when I bring hay in her box. She is learning  to be a bit more kind and not so pushy. I love Iris , but oh my goodness, sometimes she can be a handful.

Our problem with Iris is the leash. When she is on it she decided  she would crawl through the stable , past 5 boxes toward the Milk Stand. Once we arrive at the Milk Stand, she decides to crawl up. I look forward to the day Iris actually walks up the ramp on all 4 cute little feet. Once she is on the stand she is just fine.

Since I am still getting stronger every day from the flu, I had our ladies on the stand just inn the mornings, for now. I will soon be up to full speed and then the ladies will have both breakfast and dinner on the Milk Stand. Because they are not really that comfortable on the Milk Stand yet, I do put grain in their boxes after they have been on the Stand. As they become more accustomed to the routine, they will only have grain on the Milk Stand. It takes time and I will give them the time they need.

We have one young lady  who was bred the same time the others were, but went into heat the very next month. I have been under the assumption that her breeding was not successful. With all that down time in bed with the flu, it occurred to me that I hadn’t heard her in heat again after that. So….Peanut went on the Milk Stand this morning. She was accompanied for a short while by her mother Hilda.

You probably never imagined that someone could write so much about Milk Stand training. Well it might just be me , but then again, I don’t think so. Goat owners are always so fanatical about their beloved goats. I am just no different.

Here is Day 2  March 23rd of Milk Stand training:

Pumpkin had her daughter there again for reassurance. I think, or was it just for the grain?

Pumpkin had her daughter there again for reassurance. I think, or was it just for the grain?

Pumpkin was comfortable enoh to actually start eating her breakfast.

Pumpkin was comfortable enough to actually start eating her breakfast. She had fun with her daughter Rose playing with her.

As you can see, Pumpkin was much more relaxed on her second day on the Milk Stand

As you can see, Pumpkin was much more relaxed on her second day on the Milk Stand

Pansy was first on the stand yesterday. Her sisiter Poppy joined her and enjoyed some grain also

Pansy was first on the stand yesterday. Her sister Poppy joined her and enjoyed some grain also

Here we can see Pansy's baby bump.

Here we can see Pansy’s baby bump.

My sweet Pansy still has saddness in her eyes since she lost her mother Frida, one years ago. I give her lots of love.

My sweet Pansy, I can  still see sadness in her eyes since she lost her mother Frida, one year ago. I give her lots of love.

Here is a great way to see Poppy's baby bump

Here is a great way to see Poppy’s baby bump

Pansy stays close to her sister  Poppy while she is on the Milk Stand.

Pansy stays close to her sister Poppy while she is on the Milk Stand.

Pansy walked away for a moment and Poppy was not too happy

Pansy walked away for a moment and Poppy was not too happy

Poppy was not happy at all when here sister Pansy was not nearby

Poppy was not happy at all when here sister Pansy was not nearby

This is Peanut. We bred her with all the other ladies, but she did come back into heat on month after the breeding. We just assumed that her breeding was not successful. Now I am rethinking that. She seems to be growing and I have not heard her in heat since.

This is Peanut. We bred her with all the other ladies, but she did come back into heat on month after the breeding. We just assumed that her breeding was not successful. Now I am rethinking that. She seems to be growing and I have not heard her in heat since.

Penut was not talking to me, she was talking to her mother Hilda who was in the grain room eating hay

Peanut was not talking to me, she was talking to her mother Hilda who was in the grain room eating hay

Peanut did very well for her first time on the Milk Stand. She ssettled down and ate her breakfast

Peanut did very well for her first time on the Milk Stand. She settled down and ate her breakfast

Peanut is a gentle and very sweet goat , just like her mother.

Peanut is a gentle and very sweet goat , just like her mother.

Peanut has such beautiful eyes and a sweet expression. Can you see it?

Peanut has such beautiful eyes and a sweet expression. Can you see it?

Iris was still a bit unhappy on the leash I had to use to direct her  to the Milk Stand. She took her time as she crawed on her front legs and finally made her way onto the Milk Stand. She is fine once she gets ther, it's just getting her there.

Iris was still a bit unhappy on the leash I had to use to direct her to the Milk Stand. She took her time as she crawled on her front legs and finally made her way onto the Milk Stand. She is fine once she gets to the Milk Stand,  it’s just getting her there.

I must tell you that when my goats are out of their boxes for indoor activities due to weather conditions, each and every one of them finds their way onto the Milk Stand. The difference here is that they are being directed there. they are all familiar with it and know that there is grain in the bucket. They willingly slip their heads through the opening and enjoy the grain at their leisure.

To have me come into their box with a leash is not acceptable to any of the goats except Pumpkin who leads our herd our to the enclosure. She is quite comfortable with the leash; in fact, she has her very own leash, a powder blue one and that’s the one she expects.

It’s all about repetition and consistency. Goats thrive on consistency ,  so it is up to me to continue with them.

I will post Day 3 then I will return when they have mastered the Milk Stand. the idea is that I will one day not need to use a leash. I will only need to open t heir box and they will run straight to the Milk Stand and place their head in to be secured in place. This will happen. I have done it before so I know it will happen. I will return when  they are at that point. It will be a pleasure to post on their success.