The fall has brought about several new changes at Gullringstorp. We had plans to add three more Pygmy doelings to our herd. It was a sad occasion to lose our Little Miracle not only because we happy he was born to our herd, but with him and the new doelings we planning to add, we would have had the 20 I was aiming for.
We decided that Nanna, Chiyoko and Nakoa were to be moved to the center box on the other side of the stable and Alika and Keriana were to leave the center box for a larger box at the end. This would have all our boys and junior does on the same side of the stable separated by the center door. That would leave all the new mothers and their babies and any new additions on the same side. This was working out just fine.
With the move, Alika, Keriana, Nanna, Chiyoko and Nakoa have settled in quite comfortably in their new boxes. Each box of does are on either side of the boys, which causes quite a bit of conversation and “bucky” antics.
With everyone settled in their new boxes, it was time to clean out the first box. This first box, somehow has become the box for all new goats being added to our herd. There was a lot to do to prepare the box.
In the first step, all the old straw and hay has to be cleaned out. That’s a big job. Then it is left to dry before the lime is sprinkled on the floor. Here you can see the lime on the box floor.
We always have to adjust the height of the water and grain containers because although we know these will be small doelings, we always forget how short their tiny legs are. No problem, it gets done.
Now the fun part going to our Pygmy breeder and collecting our new babies!
To help you understand just how tiny these two are, this red bucket was my husband’s baby bath as a baby. This bath was made for one human baby and here we have two tiny goat babies snuggled up together.
As we drove the hour home, I studied these babies and their faces. Iris was actually named while at Kristina’s home. She left with someone who bought her mother. Since she was still in need of mother’s milk, she moved with the mother’s new family until she was ready to come to us. Since we were also getting two additional doelings, we opted to have Iris come back to Kristina’s home and get to know the other two babies.
We already had Poppy, Pansy and Rose and Iris was already named and knew her name so I thought why not stay with flower or plant names. The tiniest of the sisters I named Ivy and her sister has a pink spot on her black nose and black lip that reminded me of a pink petal. A pink petal from a pink Petunia.
So welcome Iris, Ivy and Petunia to Gullringstorp!
It was a big day for three tiny doelings. So off to sleep they went. Sleep tight little ones.
Welcome back to see how Iris, Ivy and Petunia are doing in their new home Gullringstorp!