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An Update on Phillip


Phillip slept most of the 3 hr journey to his new home. I consider that a good sign that he felt safe and comfortable to not just lay down but to sleep.

Once there, they put him on a lead and walked him around the property to meet everyone. He met chickens, a pig, a dog and of course his new herd two ladies. He was even out together with them in the enclosure.

Phillip seems to be settling in and the ladies are the boss. That’s ok, the herd dynamics are sorted out by the strongest or most dominate goat. He will be at the bottom until he proves himself and they will become his harem.

I’m very happy for everyone but most of all for Phillip,


Phillip Gets a New Mommy and Daddy


Good morning from Gullringstorp !It’s 5 mins before the buyers come by to pick up Phillip. I’m not happy at all. This is necessary but I’m still not happy. There’s a knot in my stomach and a tear waiting to fall. I made a Phillip Baby Book for them so they can see him from his first day.I sure hope they are nice people.

I knew all along I had too many bucks, I have 7 and many were born here at Gullringstorp. They have grown up and with the weather as it’s been , they can’t                                           always be outside. Boys will be boys and they wrestle a lot. I feel its not safe for them to be confined during the rainy days. We of course expected snow to confine them but now it’s rain. I will keep his two brothers, but I am so sad today. I can read people within seconds and I’m rarely wrong. If I’m not comfortable, he stays put.
They have arrived and they seem like really nice animal people.
I stood outside of our stable watchng the road that would bring the people who wanted to buy our Phillip

I stood outside of our stable watching the road that would bring the people who wanted to buy our Phillip

We introduced our selves and at this moment I could not tell you their names. My thoughts were only on Phillip as they spoke.

We introduced our selves and at this moment I could not tell you their names. My thoughts were only on Phillip as they spoke. Once inside, they met all our goats and learned a bit about each one.

Phillip's new mommy and daddy

Phillip’s new mommy and daddy. See, don’t they look nice?

I took Phillip out and they let him take his time coming to them

I took Phillip out and they let him take his time coming to them

His new mommy came down to meet Phillip. I stayed close for reassurance, but I eventually pulled back to allow him to bond with his new parents.

His new mommy came down to meet Phillip. I stayed close for reassurance, but I eventually pulled back to allow him to bond with his new parents.

Both of his new parents wanted to meet and introduce themselves to Phillip.

Both of his new parents wanted to meet and introduce themselves to Phillip.

I spoke about what he is used to. I made sure they understood that as an adult buck he can no longer have grain and that he needs to  have hay. The spoke about ensilage but I let them know it was not good for goats and that he could die from bloat, too much gas in the stomach. Larger animals like horses and cows can eat ensilage with no problems, but goats are a bit different.

The boy's were a bit confussed when Phillip left the box, without them. His brothers Winston and Little Man were wondering what was happening.

The boys were a bit confused when Phillip left the box, without them. His brothers Winston and Little Man were wondering what was happening.

Time for Phillip to leave us. He was reluctant to walk with his new mommy but I came close for extra reassurance. I backed away after a bit so that he could feel comfortable with his new mommy

Time for Phillip to leave us. He was reluctant to walk with his new mommy but I came close for extra reassurance. I backed away  so that he could feel comfortable with his new mommy

 

Phillip wouldn't move for a bit. He was looking back at the stable and talking with the boys inside

Phillip wouldn’t move for a bit. He was looking back at the stable and talking with the boys inside. His new mommy was very caring and understanding.

See how far away I stood?

See how far away I stood?

 

She was very patient with Phillip as he kept glancing toward the stable door. She waited and let him walk when he was ready

His new mommy was very patient with Phillip as he kept glancing toward the stable door. She waited and let him walk when he was ready

Well I had held up fairly well until I watched Phillip’s new daddy place the hay in the truck. I just had to walk away as the tears began to fall.

Phillip's new parents had prepared a nice bed of straw for his ride to his new home, in the back of their truck

Phillip’s new parents had prepared a nice bed of straw for his ride to his new home, in the back of their truck

I filled a basket of hay for Phillip's trip to his new home

I filled a basket of hay for Phillip’s trip to his new home

I could see that Philip was very comfortable in the truck just before the lid was closed.

I could see that Philip was very comfortable in the truck just before the lid was closed.

I am still sad that our Phillip has left us , but I am so happy that Phillip’s new parents will love him. they have lots of animals: 2 does, a mini pig, cats, a dog and hens. Now they have a buck.

I hope that Phillip doesn’t have a hard time settling in to his new environment. I hope he settles in real fast. I hope he doesn’t miss his pals too much. It will be all new for him but I am sure he will be happy and cared for with love.

Goodbye my sweet little Phillip!

 


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!

 


Let’s Check in on Winston & Phillip


As the days and weeks go by, I have tried my very best to “cut the cord”. Hilda had no trouble doing it,  but I have had a really difficult time letting go of my babies. Well I have really bitten the bullet and have let Winston & Phillip integrate into the boy’s box and their club. They are really doing a marvelous job. I have resisted treating them like babies because they are my little men now. They have gone through the cry baby stage as they cried for their mommy Hilda. They have gotten through the “no more grain” stage and are not needing it anymore. They have been through the bullying stage and have  been fully accepted by the other bucks and are now one of their little gang.

I am so happy that the bullying stage is over because that was the hardest for me to watch and hear everyday. Now they know where to eat, and where to run when one of the older bucks gets amorous. It’s a bucky thing they do. They get “in the mood” and the smaller bucklings become targets. No one gets hurt, it’s more of an annoyance, I think.

Here are my little men, Winston & Phillip:

This was what I saw this morning

This was what I saw this morning, so relaxed together

The boys are being supervised by their older brother Little Man, Hilda's first son born at Gullringstorp

The boys are being supervised by their older brother Little Man, Hilda’s first son born at Gullringstorp

Winston & Phillip were still relaxing when the boys attached my hay I had just sat down to fill the hay rack and hay bags.

Winston & Phillip were still relaxing when the boys attached my hay I had just sat down to fill the hay rack and hay bags. Here we have from the left: Baby Boy, Balder, Pip, Toby and Little Man

 

 

 


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.