Oh how our chickens and roosters are so happy that winter is over. They are enjoying being out of the hen house . Not only do they have their own yard to enjoy, but they also have recently been enjoying the back play yard with Pumpkin and her daughters. They are eating their grain, and whatever goodies I place on the “table”. Eugene is our beautiful Brahma rooster, Bojangles is our Black Netherlands Whitehead rooster. Then there is our fluffy buff Orpington rooster with no name because we thought he was a hen for so long.They are so much fun to watch.
Bojangels and his ladies
A curious Brahma hen peaks in the stable
Wonder what she’s up to?
She found a comfy private place in the box to lay her egg.
As you can see, Gullringstorp chickens and roosters enjoy the Spring/Summer and I enjoy watching them.
I have never done a before and after of any of our goats. Just thought I would start with one of my cutest, before and after:
Toby is Nanna’s first baby born here at Gullringstorp. Toby was born May 12, 20102:
Our Little Toby at just one day old. Look at how tiny he was!
What a cute little nose
Nanna takes her 3 day old little Toby out for a trip around the stable
Up the milk stand ramp to mommy
It was pretty chilly so he needed a sweater for a bit
Toby loved to explore
Toby and Nanna were lucky because Leif made them a special play yard in the rear of the stable. They just walked out of their home and out the door into the yard for fresh air and fun
Toby was in Keriana and Alika’s box, exploring
Toby wanted to share Nanna’s grain
Toby became best pals with our Max
Toby looks like a show goat! Just look at that perfect little body!
Nanna and Toby enjoy the sunshine in the front play yard
Toby finally got big enough to join the other goats in the large enclosure. He was still with Nanna and nursing
We always thought Toby was cute and we thought nothing more of his hair when he was young
Our little Toby has grown into a real handsome buck that has an uncanny similarity to Elvis. Look at that hair-do, will you:
Our autumn is really beautiful and colorful, but much too much rain for my liking and that of my goats. Some goats don’t mind the rain , I was not so lucky, maybe just one or two of my goats don’t mind the rain. When this happens, especially for more than a couple of days, we must step in and assist our “house-bound” goats.
As long as Mother Nature delivers us rain, day after day, then there will be BRANCHES…
Our boys got their branches first and my how they enjoyed them
Our little Flynn, just over 2 yrs old and a wether has been moved with Nanna . the other bucks thought he was a girl and you can imagine it hasn’t been so pleasant for him.
Alika enjoying her branch. We have to be imaginative in how we place the branches. they can not be just placed on the floor of the boxes. By nature, goats are browsers, so they need to stretch their necks upward to enjoy the leaves
Alika’s box pals, Keriana and her daughter Fiona enjoy their branches
- In the dim light of their box, Pumpkin and her daughter Rose enjoy their branches
Our little Rosie who is looking more and more like her mother , stands in the dimly lit box with her branches
Our tiny ladies, our Pygmy ladies enjoyed their branches. Here are two, Ivy and Petunia.
Ivy is too tiny to stretch her little neck upwards so she must get on the table
Ivy’s daughter tiny Surprise is there on the left
Here you can se all our tiny ladies with their branches
Our tiny ladies
Petunia is up with her branches (Oops, she’s a bit blurry)
Iris enjoys her branches
Our little Baby Boy has grown so big and is so full of fur and so stocky, I now call him Bear or Björn
We have many evergreen trees at Gullringstorp, so these branches really make the stable smell like Christmas, a bit early, but very nice.
As you can see not only are all the leaves stripped but now so is the bark
With the grounds, intermittent rain and the goats can not go out into the enclosure. Here they enjoy a big branch between showers in the back play yard
Here two little families, enjoy the big branch. Hilda and her two sons, Winston and Phillip, Keriana with her daughter Fiona.
Hilda and one of her sons, winston enjoy that branch outside in the dampness
Fiona and Phillip enjoy the branch
Winston and Phillip got the branch to themselves while the others ran and played inside
Sweet little Winston, on his own. Independent little fellow…
Indoor Activities allow the little ones to integrate into the herd as a whole. Here Winston meets one of the big scary adults
Hilda and Alika spend some time together
The hens are allowed into the goat’s play area to enjoy the grass and branch
One of our hens enjoying the branch
- Fiona doesn’t mind sharing with the hens
No one seems to mind the hens
Hilda keeps a close eye on that hen
Goats and hens, oh my ……
Nanna take a trip into the hen’ s yard and on the way out, the entrance frame looks appealing
Winston likes, his hens
Eugene, our Brahma rooster decided to come and check out that branch. He seems to be in a hurry…
Well it wasn’t the branch he was after, it was the lovely patch of dirt exposed as his ladies scratched the grass away. Maybe they found some tiny worms.
Peanut discovers the hens and the hen yard
Welcome back for our Indoor Activities for rainy days! I feel like a cruise activity director, hee hee…
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
Looks like a not so mid contraction has hit our Hilda
She looks like delivery is just around the corner
Hilda was beginning to get uncomfortable
Looks like Hilda is on her way !
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
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 stretches a bit after that contraction
Looks like we will have a baby soon !
First baby born at 11:40 pm
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 seems to take a moment and really look at her new baby
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!
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
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.
Finally Hilda attends to baby # 2
The second baby was a beautiful black
Hilda is such a good mother
Baby # 1 is out and about on a tour of the box , already. Maybe 20 minutes old
So where’s the milk ????
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
Hilda and her babies had some time out in the front baby play yard yesterday
Hilda is always right there
Another sweetie !
Snack time in the play yard
Hilda has to keep up with those tiny fast legs always on the move
Baby play time
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.
I’m still trying to play catch up from my time away from posting. Here are some updates of two of our four new babies:
Max and Toby quickly became best buddies!
Toby is so curious
Max waits patiently for his buddy to play some more
Toby and mommy Nanna
Our naughty little Nanna is now a full-fledged mother!
Nanna and Toby enjoy their play yard
Nanna enjoys her hay outside
Mother and son enjoying hay
Look at Toby’s cute tiny pink nose !
Toby eats what ever mommy drops on the tray
Toby found another way to enjoy grain with mommy
A kiss for mommy
Keriana’s little Fiona:
What a sweet face Fiona has
Sweet little Fiona
Looks like snack time…
Keriana who is Frida’s daughter stands with her very own tiny daughter, Fiona
Little Fiona has fun on the milk stand with mommy
Keriana and Fiona explore the new play yard in the back of the stable
There’s nothing prettier than a new baby in the sunshine
Snack time, again…
Keriana meets the hens for the first time!
Keriana’s curiosity about the hens is short-lived, but not for the hens
Fiona enjoys the play yard
Fiona has fun in the hay basket
Looks like Little Fiona is talking to the hens
Hej Fiona !
Mother and daughter
Fiona has cute little black stockings !
Fiona playing with a block of wood
Gullringstorp herd update:
We have had touchy weather with showers throughout the days lately, but our herd has been out in the enclosure. Seems like they forget everything when they are out and about, running, playing, eating grass and relaxing in the sun.
The only problem I have is when the weather is too bad for the goats to go out and I let them out in the corridor of the stable. this is when Pansy and Poppy really miss their mommy Frida. They seem to go on a search from box to box for Frida. It really is so sad to witness this. I try to keep them occupied with goodies or something else to keep their mind off the loss of their mother. Everything I do works , only on a temporary basis. I do sit with them everyday and give them extra love and even some fresh strawberries from our garden. They do seem to appreciate the extra attention.
We are all healing, slowly…