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
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
The boys must pass through the girl’s enclosure to get to their enclosure
A quick head count and all the boys are where they should be
The boys always head straight for the hay
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 (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
After Milk Stand training, the ladies were out in the enclosure:
Peanut and Pansy share a tender moment.
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!
Well, we got Hilda back into her clean box just in time for her to have a clean and comfortable labor. She was brought back into her box around 2 pm while the others remained in the enclosure. Hilda’s absence was noticed immediately. It took some time before all the goats, boys included, to resume their activities of eating grass, playing and relaxing.
Pumpkin and Rose look toward the gate hoping Hilda and Peanut come back
Poppy watches the gate for Hilda’s return
Keriana and her daughter Fiona decide it’s time for a rest in the sun
There, Keriana’s down and comfy
Pumpkin finally settles down and enjoys some hay and grass
The babies who watch the adults, realize that all is well and start to play
Petunia has a lick on the salt block
Pansy was unaware that Hilda was gone at first then when she realized it , she was not happy
Ivy and Little Surprise who is growing every day
Pumpkin and Rose take a rest in the sun
Keriana and Fiona move into the shelter out of the hot sun
Fun in the shelter
Keriana finds a bit of shade and comfort under the sink in the shelter
Alika and Pip enjoy their little hide away under the table
Alika looks so blissful
Pip trying to get his mother’s attention
Little Surprise enjoying special time with her mommy Ivy
Iris and Petunia Relax in the shade of the shelter
Little Man, Hilda’s son relaxes in the boy’s enclosure
Toby is becoming more and more comfortable in the boy’s enclosure. Here he rests with Baby Boy
Little Man, Toby and Baby Boy
Balder and his pal Flynn relax inside their shelter
Baby Boy taking a nap
Hilda’s grown son is so very handsome. I have truly enjoyed watching him become the strong, yet gentle buck that he is today
Toby rubbing against the wall of the shelter. He is doing very well with the boys
Ivy and Little Surprise
Little Surprise playing alone for a moment
Nanna is adjusting to having her little boy Toby moved top the boy’s enclosure during the day. She gets her baby back after he has spent some time in the boy’s box after they are brought back in, to enjoy, guess what, more hay! Nanna has to find her place in the herd again, because she is not tending a baby so the dynamics are a bit different. She is doing well, not perfect, but as well as can be expected.
Alika’s son Pip is getting round and more cute than ever, if that’s at all possible
Pip finds a friend to play with, Fiona
Nanna is alone much of the time and I feel bad for her. I give her special attention as she makes the transition and finds herself back in the fold of the herd
Playing on the rocks
Everyone eventually resumed their normal activities while Hilda was busy at her job at hand.
I wonder if they knew?
Silly question, of course they did!
Welcome back for Updates From the Nursery at Gullringstorp…
The day began really badly for us here at Gullringstorp! We had every intention to bring out our new mothers and babies today. It was overcast, cold and threatened rain. Not a good first day to be in the large enclosure. So, disappointed, I fed every one in their box and just opened doors. The morning was just one big rain threat.
The sun finally came out and so did our little gang of new mommies and babies and a couple of pals. Ivy would never have gone into the enclosure without her pals Petunia and Iris so they were allowed to join the new families.
Here is the first day out in t he enclosure for Toby, Fiona Pip and Surprise and their mothers:
Our young men were led out first with Baby Boy in the lead.
Nanna and her son Toby made it into the enclosure. Look at Toby’s wonderment of the large space before him!
- The babies stayed close to their mothers in the beginning
Here is Keriana ( Frida’s daughter) with her daughter following, Fiona and Little Ivy with her tiny baby Little Surprise
Alika’s son Pip is exploring the grass
Ivy and Pip Playing
Alika and her son Pip
Keriana (Frida’s daughter) and her daughter Fiona
Keriana and Ivy and their little ones hidden behind the mommies
Fun in the shelter
Fiona exploring on the old Swedish kitchen bed
Alika and Pip
Alika’s son Pip jumping into the hay bucket ( an old sink works well)
Toby having a chat with one of the big boys, Balder. Little Toby will soon join the other boys
Fun activity inside the shelter
Pip loves to be in the hay !
Little Surprise on her way, somewhere
More shelter activity
Fiona getting some water
Ivy, Pip and his mommy Alika
There’s Little Surprise on the bed/sofa
They all look so happy !
Ivy and her tiny daughter Little Surprise and Fiona trying to reach the hay in the sink
Alika and Pip
Nanna, Pip and Fiona on the rocks
Nanna and her son Toby
Nanna, Toby and little Surprise enjoy some hay and the rocks
Baby Fiona and Baby Pip
Little Surprise born June 12th
Our Little Surprise
Little Fiona born May 18th
Little Pip born June 5th
Toby, Nanna’s son born May 12th
Nana, Toby and Little Surprise
Our silly little Nanna is now a serious mommy
Babies play with one mother supervising
Our other adult and yearlings were not allowed in the large enclosure on this day
Frida’s girls Pansy and Poppy are enjoying some hay
Even though our goats have a wonderful field full of yummy greens, they all still love to enjoy hay
Just before bravely leaving my babies out I looked and saw everyone relaxing. Here are Iris and Petunia who were the only non-mothers allowed in the enclosure. It was beautiful to see.
Nanna and Toby were more interested in the new hay supply than taking a rest. They did rest later, however.
My husband decides it’s time to do some lawn mowing
We were only able to leave the new mothers and babies after each baby had been introduced to the electric fence. these babies are very close to their mothers so we had no babies near the fence. Oh I forgot, Toby was the first to get a zap and boy was he a big baby after that. He didn’t want to leave mommy Nanna’s side. It was my job to capture each remaining baby and my husband took them to the fence and they each got a zap on the nose. This way we could leave them comfortably with the knowledge that the babies wouldn’t be silly and try to get through the fence .
For a first day out in the large enclosure, it really went far better than expected. Every goat adult and baby alike were truly happy and excited to be in the large space. They had out grown both baby yards. Now we must decide when to introduce the other members of the herd who were now in the play yards, temporarily.
Welcome back for some video action of the first day’s adventures.