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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

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.

 


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.


A New Collar for Peanut


Every now and again, my ladies , especially, outgrow their collars. This happens for several reasons; either they are still growing or their winter fur becomes too thick under their collar making them a bit too snug.

No matter the reason, when it’s time, it’s just time.

Here is pumpkin in her new collar:


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.